Thompson Center Encore Muzzleloader Rifle and Pistol Manual by GAZ40

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									Safety & Instruction Manual
 Encore Muzzleloader
               ®




    Rifle & Pistol
Including The 209x50, Encore Pro-Hunter
   & Encore Endeavor Muzzleloaders.
  Rimfire & Centerfire Rifle, Pistol & Shotgun
Variations of the Encore Are Covered In Separate
    Manuals - Available Free Upon Request




   WARNING: Black Powder or an
 approved Black Powder substitute
   such as Pyrodex® are the only
 propellant powders that are safe to
   use in a muzzleloading firearm.

                 YOU MUST READ THESE
          INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS
               CAREFULLY. BE SURE YOU
                   UNDERSTAND THESE
           INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS
            BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM.
  FAILURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS
  AND WARNINGS MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS
   INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU OR OTHERS.

            THOMPSON/CENTER
            400 North Main Street
            Rochester, NH 03867
             TEL. 1-603-330-5659
              www.tcarms.com
                    WARNING
          READ THESE
         INSTRUCTIONS
    AND WARNINGS CAREFULLY.
BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THESE
  INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS
BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM. FAIL-
URE TO READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS
AND TO FOLLOW THESE WARNINGS
MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR
   DEATH TO YOU AND OTHERS.


     This SAFETY & INSTRUCTION
  MANUAL should always accompany
 this firearm and be transferred with it
upon change of ownership or when pre-
sented to another person. A copy of the
 SAFETY & INSTRUCTION MANUAL is
  available FREE upon request from:


            THOMPSON/CENTER
          • CUSTOMER SUPPORT •
          400 NORTH MAIN STREET
           ROCHESTER, NH 03867
            TEL.: 1-603-330-5659
              www.tcarms.com

                • And Remember •
    The Fundamental National Rifle Association
         Rules for Safe Gun Handling are:
    1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

    2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

    3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use


 It is your responsibility to comply with local and
 state laws regarding rifle and pistol conversions.

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 YOUR SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
 SAFE STORAGE & TRANSPORTATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
 SAFETY RULES FOR THOMPSON/CENTER MUZZLELOADERS . . .10
 BASIC EQUIPMENT TO SHOOT THE ENCORE MUZZLELOADER . .13
 UNDERSTANDING Black Powder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
 UNDERSTANDING Pyrodex® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
 ENCORE TRIGGER & HAMMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
 PREPARATION FOR FIRING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
 MODEL & FEATURES IDENTIFICATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
 INSPECTING YOUR ENCORE MUZZLELOADER . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
 INSTALLING A BARREL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
 CHARGING THE T/C ENCORE® MUZZLELOADER . . . . . . . . . . .22
 Priming THE T/C ENCORE® MUZZLELOADER . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
 FIRING THE T/C ENCORE® MUZZLELOADER . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
 UNLOADING AND UNCHARGING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
 FIELD CLEANING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
 THOROUGH CLEANING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
 DISASSEMBLY OF THE ENCORE® FOR CLEANING . . . . . . . . . .39
 MOUNTING A SCOPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
 SIGHT ADJUSTMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
 LIMITED WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
 CONTACT & SHIPPING FOR SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
 ENCORE® SPEED BREECH™ APPENDIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
 ENCORE® SWING HAMMER APPENDIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
 ENCORE® ENDEAVOR SPEED BREECH XT APPENDIX . . . . . . . .52
 LOAD COMPONENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
 SUGGESTED LOADS FOR THE T/C ENCORE® MUZZLELOADER . .56
 FOR YOUR RECORDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71




      YOUR SAFETY
    RESPONSIBILITIES
    SAFETY IS YOUR NUMBER ONE
        RESPONSIBILITY!!!!
At home, in the field, at the range, or anywhere, the first concern
of every firearm owner should be safety. Apply the following safe-
ty rules in every situation, with any kind of firearm. If you feel
uncertain about any operational aspects of your firearm, please
contact Thompson/Center before proceeding with its operation.

     WARNING: YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL OF THESE
     SAFETY RULES TO ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF
     YOUR FIREARM. THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE
INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS IN THIS MANUAL COULD
CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU
OR OTHERS.

As a gun owner, you accept a demanding responsibility. How seri-
ous you take this responsibility can be the difference between life
and death. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of
your firearm. At all times handle your firearm with intense respect
for its power and potential danger.
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    YOUR SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES CONT’D

•   ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE
    DIRECTION. Never point a firearm at anyone or anything you
    do not intend to shoot whether or not it is loaded. This is par-
    ticularly important when loading, unloading, or field stripping
    the gun. ALWAYS control the direction of the firearm.

•   ALWAYS TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT IS LOADED
    AND WILL FIRE. Do not take anyone’s word that the firearm
    is uncharged or unprimed – always check for yourself. Never
    pass your firearm to another person until the action is open
    and/or on safe you visually check that it is uncharged and
    unprimed. Keep your muzzleloading firearm uncharged and
    unprimed and safely stored when not in use.

•   NEVER PLACE YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER
    GUARD OR ON THE TRIGGER UNLESS YOU INTEND TO
    FIRE. Ensure that other objects do not touch the trigger.

•   ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS
    BEYOND IT. Always be sure of where the bullet will strike and
    shoot only where there is a safe back stop free of obstruc-
    tions, water or other surfaces which can cause ricochets. Be
    sure your bullet will stop behind your target. Bullets can
    glance off many surfaces like rocks or the surface of water
    and travel in unpredictable directions with considerable veloci-
    ty. Do not fire randomly into the sky.

•   NEVER CROSS OBSTACLES SUCH AS FENCES OR
    STREAMS WITH A CHARGED OR PRIMED MUZZLELOAD-
    ING FIREARM. Always make certain your muzzleloading
    firearm is unprimed before crossing a fence, climbing a tree,
    jumping a ditch or negotiating other obstacles.

•   SAFE GUN HANDLING IS YOUR PERSONAL RESPONSI-
    BILITY AT ALL TIMES. Firearms are dangerous and can
    cause serious injury or death if they are misused or used
    inappropriately. Safety must be the prime consideration of any
    one who owns or handles firearms. Accidents are the result of
    violating the rules of safe gun handling and common sense.
    Firearm safety training is available. Contact your firearms
    dealer, law enforcement agency, local sportsman’s club, etc.
    for availability.

•   YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FIREARM AT ALL
    TIMES. In owning a firearm, you must undertake full-time
    responsibility for your firearm’s safety and security. You must
    protect yourself and all others against injury or death from
    misuse of the firearm 24 hours a day.

•   FIREARM SECURITY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. You must
    secure firearms safely from children and/or unauthorized
    users. Your firearm should always be kept unloaded and
    locked when not in use. Never assume that the use of this
    lock is sufficient to safely secure your firearm. You must
    always evaluate your personal situation and employ the secu-
    rity systems that meet your needs and prevent children and
    unauthorized users from gaining access to your firearm.
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    YOUR SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES CONT’D

•   APPROPRIATE USE FOR YOUR FIREARM MEANS USING
    YOUR FIREARM FOR LEGAL PURPOSES. For example -
    target shooting, hunting and lawful resistance of deadly
    criminal force. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are
    in compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances
    regarding the use of your firearm.

•   NEVER RELY ON MECHANICAL FEATURES ALONE. Only
    your safe gun-handling habits will ensure the safe use of your
    firearm. This is your responsibility.

•   ALWAYS SAFELY STORE AND SECURE YOUR FIREARM.
    Safe and secure storage of your firearm is one of your most
    important responsibilities. It is a full-time responsibility. You
    must always secure your firearm and ammunition and loading
    components separately so that they are not accessible to chil-
    dren and/or other unauthorized persons.

•   NEVER KEEP AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPO-
    NENTS IN THE SAME LOCATION AS THE FIREARM. Store
    each in a separate and secure place.

•   ALWAYS WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTORS THAT ARE
    SPECIFIED FOR FIREARM USE every time you discharge
    your firearm. Make sure others in the vicinity of where you will
    be shooting do so as well.

•   NEVER USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS BEFORE OR WHILE
    SHOOTING. Do not use your firearm if you are on any medica-
    tion which impairs, even slightly, your mental or physical ability.

•   ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION. Discharging
    firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms, or han-
    dling ammunition and loading components may result in expo-
    sure to lead and other substances known to cause birth
    defects, reproductive harm, and other serious physical injury.
    Review the warnings and labels for all ammunition and load-
    ing components and cleaning products carefully. Wash hands
    thoroughly after exposure.

•   BEFORE HANDLING ANY FIREARM, UNDERSTAND ITS
    OPERATION. Not all firearms are the same. Familiarize your-
    self with the mechanical features of any firearm you intend to
    use. If you feel uncertain about any operational aspects of
    your firearm, please contact Thompson/Center before pro-
    ceeding with its operation.

•   NEVER ALLOW A FIREARM TO BE USED BY INDIVIDU-
    ALS WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND ITS SAFE OPERATION
    OR HAVE NOT READ THESE FIREARM SAFETY RULES.

•   ALWAYS USE THE CORRECT COMBINATION OF LOAD
    COMPONENTS FOR YOUR PARTICULAR MUZZLELOAD-
    ING FIREARM as detailed in this manual.

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    YOUR SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES CONT’D

•   BE CERTAIN THE BARREL IS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS
    BEFORE SHOOTING. Mud, water, snow or other objects may
    inadvertently lodge in the barrel bore. A small obstruction can
    cause a dangerous increase in pressure and may damage your
    gun and cause injury to yourself and others.

•   BE SURE ALL ACCESSORIES, SUCH AS HOLSTERS.
    GRIPS, SLINGS, SCOPES AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
    ARE COMPATIBLE with the firearm and that the accessories
    do not interfere with safe operation. It is your responsibility to
    understand and follow all of the instructions in this manual,as
    well as those which may be supplied with your ammunition
    and loading components and any accessory.

•   NEVER DISASSEMBLE YOUR FIREARM beyond the proce-
    dures outlined in this manual. Improper disassembly or re-
    assembly of your firearm may be dangerous and can lead to
    serious injury or death.

•   NEVER MANIPULATE, ADJUST OR CHANGE ANY OF THE
    INTERNAL COMPONENTS OF YOUR FIREARM UNLESS
    SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED TO DO SO IN THIS MANUAL.
    Improper manipulation of any other internal component may
    affect the safety and reliability of your firearm and may cause
    serious injury or death.

•   NEVER ALLOW ANY ALTERATION OR REPLACEMENT OF
    PARTS IN YOUR THOMPSON/CENTER FIREARM UNLESS
    PERFORMED BY A QUALIFIED GUNSMITH using genuine
    Thompson/Center parts. If you do otherwise, improper func-
    tioning of your firearm may occur and serious injury or death
    and damage to property may result.

       WARNING: SAFE USE OF A FIREARM IS YOUR PER-
       SONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE FAILURE TO FOL-
       LOW ALL OF THESE BASIC SAFETY RULES MAY
RESULT IN SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU
OR OTHERS. YOU ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT SAFETY
DEVICE WHEN IT COMES TO THE USE OF YOUR FIREARM
AND THOMPSON/CENTER AND ITS PARENT COMPANY
WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY,
DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT RESULTS FROM: (1)
THE CRIMINAL OR NEGLIGENT USE OF THIS FIREARM; (2)
A DISREGARD OF THESE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND
WARNINGS; (3) IMPROPER OR CARELESS HANDLING OF
THIS FIREARM; (4) THE USE OF NON-STANDARD, DEFEC-
TIVE, IMPROPER LOAD COMPONENTS OR (5) IMPROPER
OR NEGLIGENT MODIFICATIONS OR REPAIRS TO THE
FIREARM.




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    YOUR SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES CONT’D

•   NEVER CLIMB TO OR DESCEND FROM A TREE STAND
    WITH A PRIMED MUZZLELOADING FIREARM. NEVER
    HOIST OR LOWER A PRIMED MUZZLELOADING
    FIREARM TO OR FROM A TREE STAND. Failure to follow
    this rule may cause serious injury and/or death to the shooter
    or bystanders and damage to property.

•   NEVER LEAN A CHARGED AND PRIMED RIFLE AGAINST
    A TREE, A WALL OR ANY SURFACE WHERE IT MAY FALL
    OVER. Once the rifle has been charged it is your responsibil-
    ity to guard against situations that may result in an accidental
    discharge. Failure to follow this rule may cause serious injury
    and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to
    property.

•   USE THOMPSON/CENTER SCOPE MOUNTS ONLY.
    The current product catalog lists a series of scopes and
    mounts which are designed specifically for use with our
    firearms. These mounts make use of existing screw holes.
    Those who desire a scope sight should make use of
    Thompson/Center mounts. Do not drill additional holes in the
    barrel as this could weaken the barrel structure leading to a
    rupture. A ruptured barrel can cause serious injury and/or
    death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to property.

•   NEVER MODIFY ANY OF THE PARTS IN YOUR FIREARM.
    Do not add or replace any of the parts in your firearm unless
    they are genuine Thompson/Center parts and you follow the
    instructions supplied by Thompson/Center. If you do other-
    wise, improper functioning may occur and serious injury or
    death may result. In addition to the dangers presented, the
    use of non-factory parts, including but not limited to, barrels
    and springs, voids all warranties.

     WARNING: NEVER RELY ON MECHANICAL SAFETY
     FEATURES OF THE GUN ALONE. ONLY YOUR SAFE
     GUN HANDLING WILL ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF
YOUR FIREARM. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.




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       SAFE STORAGE &
      TRANSPORTATION
        WARNING: ALWAYS POINT THE MUZZLE IN A SAFE
        DIRECTION.

       WARNING: FIREARMS ARE DANGEROUS WHEN
       USED AND STORED IMPROPERLY. THEY POSE A
       RISK OF SERIOUS OR FATAL INJURIES. FIREARMS
CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS TO CHILDREN WHEN
THEY ARE STORED IN AN IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNSAFE
MANNER. FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTH-
ERS, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU KEEP YOUR FIREARM
LOCKED AND UNLOADED IN A SECURE PLACE. THE
AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS SHOULD BE
STORED IN A SEPARATE, SECURE LOCATION WHEN IT IS
NOT IN USE. SAFE AND SECURE STORAGE OF YOUR
FIREARM IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RULES OF
FIREARM SAFETY. YOUR FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE
RULES MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO
YOU OR OTHERS.

•   ALWAYS SECURE YOUR FIREARM IN A MANNER THAT
    WILL PREVENT UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS. Whenever your
    firearm is not in use, keep it unloaded and locked. Your safety
    and the safety of others requires that you always secure and
    store your firearm in a manner that will prevent unauthorized
    access. Never leave a firearm unattended unless it is locked,
    unloaded and secured.

        WARNING: NEVER LOCK A LOADED FIREARM AND
        NEVER LOAD A LOCKED FIREARM!


•   ALWAYS STORE YOUR FIREARM AND AMMUNITION AND
    LOADING COMPONENTS SEPARATELY so that they are
    not accessible to children or other unauthorized persons. Safe
    and secure storage of your firearm and ammunition and load-
    ing components are your responsibility. It is a full-time respon-
    sibility.

•   NEVER ASSUME THAT A “HIDING” PLACE IS A SECURE
    STORAGE METHOD. Others may be aware of your storage
    location or come upon it by chance. It is your personal
    responsibility to use common sense when storing your firearm
    and ammunition and loading components and to always make
    sure they are not accessible to children or other unauthorized
    persons.

•   NEVER TRANSPORT A CHARGED OR PRIMED MUZZLE-
    LOADING FIREARM. When transporting your firearm, be
    sure it is uncharged, unprimed and securely locked. Safe and
    secure transportation of your firearm is your responsibility.



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    SAFE STORAGE & TRANSPORTATION CONT’D

•    ALWAYS FOLLOW THE LAW! Many jurisdictions have laws
     that make it a crime to keep a firearm unlocked and in an
     area accessible to children or others. Keeping a firearm
     locked and unloaded when not in use is not only common
     sense safety practice... IT IS THE LAW. You must be familiar
     with all local, state, and federal laws regarding the safe stor-
     age and transportation of your firearm. Failure to know and
     follow the law may result in unauthorized access or use of
     your firearm by another. Obey all laws relating to the storage
     and transportation of firearms. Your local police department or
     gun shop can furnish you with available information on storing
     and/or transporting a firearm safely and legally.

•    YOUR FIREARM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. You must pre-
     vent your firearm from being stolen or from being used by
     untrained or unqualified individuals. Keep it locked, unloaded
     and secured when not in use. Use the lock provided to secure
     against unauthorized users (Figure 1).


             ENCORE HAMMER LOCK BEING INSTALLED


          Hammer Lock
           Surrounds
            Hammer




     FIGURE 1




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      SAFETY RULES
        FOR ALL
    THOMPSON/CENTER
     MUZZLELOADERS
In addition to the Safety Responsibilities covered so far in this
manual, there are several guidelines specific to black powder
muzzleloading guns that must be adhered to at all times to
ensure the safety of the shooter and others.

•   NEVER USE SMOKELESS POWDER OF ANY TYPE OR IN
    ANY QUANTITY IN A MUZZLELOADING FIREARM, AND
    NEVER MIX POWDERS. The use of any smokeless powder
    could result in a detonation or explosion which could cause
    injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage
    to property.

•   USE ONLY BLACK POWDER OR AN APPROVED BLACK
    POWDER SUBSTITUTE SUCH AS PYRODEX® TO LOAD
    YOUR MUZZLELOADING FIREARM. Never use even small
    amounts of smokeless powder, even if it is black in color. The
    use of any other propellant may cause injury or death to the
    shooter or bystanders and damage to property.

•   NEVER SMOKE WHILE USING YOUR MUZZLELOADER.
    The spark from a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe can ignite
    Black Powder or a Black Powder substitute such as Pyrodex,
    Percussion Caps or Primers. Smoking around a charged
    and/or primed muzzleloader, percussion caps, primers, prim-
    ing powder or supply of powder may cause premature firing of
    the gun or an explosion of the powder can, horn or flask caus-
    ing serious injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders
    and damage to property.

•   BEFORE LOADING, MAKE SURE THE MUZZLELOADING
    FIREARM IS NOT ALREADY CHARGED. To make sure it is
    uncharged, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and
    insert the ramrod provided with the rifle into the bore. Note the
    position of the ramrod in relation to the muzzle. It will be
    slightly below the end of the barrel if the rifle is not loaded.

•   NEVER EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM
    CHARGE LISTED IN THIS BOOK. To do so could result in
    injury or death to the shooter or bystanders.




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    SAFETY RULES FOR MUZZLELOADERS CONT’D

•    WHEN LOADING, BE CERTAIN THAT THE PROJECTILE IS
     LOADED IN THE PROPER SEQUENCE AND THAT IT IS
     SEATED PROPERLY. Serious personal injury or death can
     result if the projectile is not seated properly. To provide a ref-
     erence mark for future loadings, mark the ramrod at the muz-
     zle once a projectile has been loaded to the proper depth.
     NOTE: Be sure to recheck the ramrod mark if you change
     loading components or alter the ramrod.

•    NEVER POUND ON THE RAMROD. Black Powder and
     approved Black Powder substitutes such as Pyrodex® are
     potentially sensitive to impact and could ignite from impact.
     Always keep the muzzle directed away from your face or body
     when loading.

•    BLACK POWDER AND BLACK POWDER SUBSTITUTES
     SUCH AS PYRODEX® LEAVE CORROSIVE RESIDUES IN
     THE BORE AND ON THE GUN. A thorough cleaning is
     absolutely necessary before storage for any amount of time to
     keep the firearm functioning correctly and in safe condition.

• UNDERSTAND THE TERMINOLOGY “Charge” or “Charged”
  which applies to the presence of a propellant powder charge
  and projectile in the bore of the muzzleloading firearm.

•    “Uncharge” or “Uncharged” refers to the opposite condition to
     “Charged” and indicates that the powder charge and projectile
     have been either fired or removed and that the bore is com-
     pletely clear.

     “Prime” or “Primed” applies to the act of placing a primer, cap
     or priming powder in or on a muzzleloader.

•    “Unprime” or “Unprimed” refers to the opposite condition of
     “Primed” and indicates that the primer, cap or priming powder
     has been removed from the firearm or is not in place.

•    NEVER PRIME YOUR MUZZLELOADING GUN UNTIL YOU
     ARE READY TO FIRE IT. Your muzzleloader should remain
     unprimed until the instant before firing. After you prime the
     firearm, your full concentration should be on the target and
     the act of firing.




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    MUZZLELOADER SAFETY RULES CONT’D

•   STRIKING A HEAVY BLOW TO THE EXTERNAL HAMMER
    CAN DAMAGE INTERNAL PARTS AND CAUSE A MAL-
    FUNCTION OR ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF THE
    FIREARM. An accidental discharge may cause serious injury
    and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to
    property.

• NEVER HAND A CHARGED MUZZLELOADING FIREARM
  TO ANOTHER PERSON. Once charged, a muzzleloading
  firearm requires your complete attention. Never charge the
  firearm and then hand it to another shooter. Equally, you
  should never shoot a muzzleloading firearm that has been
  charged by someone else. Only the person doing the loading
  knows whether the firearm has been charged properly.

•   DO NOT CHARGE YOUR ENCORE MUZZLELOADER
    DIRECTLY FROM A CAN, HORN OR FLASK. A spark from a
    previous firing may ignite the stream of powder being poured
    into the gun and cause the container to explode. The explo-
    sion of a powder can, horn or flask may cause serious injury
    and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to
    property. Use a separate pre-calibrated measuring device
    containing small quantities of powder to charge your gun.
    Keep the muzzle directed away from your face and body
    when loading.

• ALWAYS KEEP SUPPLIES OF POWDER AND PRIMERS
  WELL AWAY FROM A FIRING POSITION OR SHOOTING
  BENCH. A powder horn, flask, can of powder, or quantity of
  primers can ignite with deadly force if exposed to sparks or
  intense heat. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe
  handling and storage of powder and primers. Keep unused
  powder and primers well away from firearms that are being
  discharged. Sparks from the discharge of a muzzleloading
  firearm may cause an unused supply of powder or primers to
  ignite causing serious injury and/or death to the shooter or
  bystanders and damage to property.

•   You must follow this procedure every time a firearm leaves
    your hand, is cleaned, handed to you or another person,
    transported or stored.

      WARNING: NEVER RELY ON MECHANICAL FEA-
      TURES ALONE. ONLY YOUR SAFE GUN HANDLING
      WILL ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF YOUR FIREARM.
THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.




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   BASIC EQUIPMENT
   FOR SHOOTING THE
     T/C ENCORE®
    MUZZLELOADER
The list below shows the accessories or equipment that will be
necessary to shoot your Thompson/Center Encore muzzleloader.

      WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SHOOT YOUR MUZ-
      ZLELOADING FIREARM UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THIS
      MANUAL IN ITS ENTIRETY AND UNDERSTAND IT
FULLY. FAILURE TO READ AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUC-
TIONS COULD RESULT INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO UNDERSTAND ANY OR ALL OF
THIS MATERIAL, CALL THE CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPART-
MENT AT THOMPSON/CENTER.

1. Proper eye protection - specified for use with firearms.

2. Proper ear protection - specified for use with firearms.

3. Black Powder or an approved Black Powder substitute such as
Pyrodex, in the appropriate granulation for your particular firearm.

4. A Powder Measure.

5. Projectiles: Appropriate for your firearm.

6. No. 209 Primers.

8. Bore cleaning patches.

9. A Jag to hold cleaning patches.

10. An appropriate bore cleaning solvent (Like T/C’s Number 13).

11. An appropriate oil or rust inhibiting lubricant (Like T/C’s
Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter.




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      UNDERSTANDING
      BLACK POWDER
               Shooting muzzleloading firearms requires the shoot-
               er to be both a reloader and a rifleman at the same
               time. It requires strict adherence to the instructions
               set forth in this booklet. Failure to follow these
               instructions may cause damage to the firearm and
               injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and
               damage to property.

NOTE: Black Powder is manufactured in four specific types or granu-
lations for use in firearms. Generally speaking, it is the granule size
which determines the appropriate use of Black Powder. The largest
granulations are naturally the slowest burning and, therefore, work
best in large caliber rifles and shotguns. Pistols or smaller caliber
rifles require a finer or faster burning powder. The priming powder
used in the pan of a flint lock is extremely fine and fast burning for
positive ignition of the main charge.

FG (commonly called Single “F”)
The muzzleloading enthusiast finds little use for this very coarse
black powder. It’s use is restricted to the large bore (10, 8, 4
gauge) shotguns of yesteryear.

FFG (commonly called Double “F”)
This is a very popular powder for .45 caliber to .58 caliber rifles.
It is also used for 12, 16, and 20 gauge muzzleloading shotguns.
While it is not considered a pistol powder, it is sometimes used in
very large caliber single shot pistols. It is recommended for use
in most T/C muzzleloaders.

FFFG (commonly called Triple “F”)
Due to its wide range of uses, Triple “F” is the black powder that
is most commonly found on a dealer’s shelf. It is used in all per-
cussion revolvers, most single shot pistols, and most of the
smaller (under .45 caliber) rifles. In a pinch, it can also be used
to prime a flint lock.

FFFFG (commonly called Four “F”)
The finest of all currently available black powders, Four “F” is
best used for priming flint locks. Due to its limited use, it is some-
times difficult to obtain.

When purchasing Black Powder be certain that it is in the original
manufacturer’s container and that its granulation or type is clear-
ly marked on the label. Follow the storage and handling precau-
tions which are on the label. If you have any questions concern-
ing the safe handling or storage of Black Powder, write to the
manufacturer of the powder. Additional information on powder
storage is available from the National Fire Protection Association,
P.O. Box 9146, Quincy, Mass. 02269. Or call 1-800-344-3555.
Ask for pamphlet #495.



14
        UNDERSTANDING
          PYRODEX®
                Pyrodex® is a propellant powder designed for use in
                muzzleloading cap lock rifles, pistols and shotguns.
                Pyrodex is not Black Powder. In accordance with the
                manufacturer’s instructions, Pyrodex relates closely to
                Black Powder on a volume to volume basis (not weight
                of charge). In other words, a black powder measure that
                is set to dispense 70 grains of black powder will, in fact,
                dispense approximately 52 grains of Pyrodex (by
                weight). This lighter charge of Pyrodex will provide a
charge which is ballistically similar to 70 grains of Black Powder. For all
practical purposes, knowing the actual weight of a charge of Pyrodex
may be informative, but not necessary. Your black powder measure will
dictate the proper amount by its graduations according to volume. If you
want to know the actual comparative weight of a Pyrodex charge, con-
tact the manufacturer, Hodgdon Powder Co. Inc., 6231 Robinson,
Shawnee Mission, KS 66202-1332.

Pyrodex does not ignite as easily as Black Powder and, conse-
quently, it is not recommended for use in flint lock firearms. Flint
locks require strong, positive ignition and should be charged and
primed with Black Powder of the appropriate granulation only.

PYRODEX® CTG - FOR BLACK POWDER CARTRIDGES.
This powder was designed to be used in early model breech load-
ing cartridge firearms (rifles, pistols & shotguns) which were intend-
ed for use with Black Powder only. It has no application in
Thompson/Center muzzleloading firearms. It is listed here simply
for identification purposes.

PYRODEX® RS (or PYRODEX SELECT “RS”) RIFLE & SHOT-
GUN POWDER. Designed for use in all calibers of percussion muz-
zleloading rifles and shotguns, this powder has a wide application.
It may be used with all Thompson/Center muzzleloading rifles and
shotguns. Pyrodex Select (RS) may also be used in these applications.

PYRODEX® P - PISTOL POWDER. Designed for use in most per-
cussion muzzleloading pistols and cap and ball revolvers, this pow-
der has application in the Thompson/Center Patriot™ Pistol.

PYRODEX® PELLETS - These pre-formed charges are designed
for use in most Thompson/Center muzzleloaders. Use the appropri-
ate caliber and charge weight pellet for your muzzleloading rifle.

The reader should bear in mind that Thompson/Center does not manu-
facture or sell powder of any type. If there is ever a question as to the
proper application of a particular powder or the safety of a given
charge, write to the manufacturer of the powder. Adhere to the safe
handling and storage precautions printed on the manufacturer’s con-
tainer and never purchase or use powders which have been removed
from their original container. USE OF THE WRONG PROPELLANT
may cause injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and dam-
age to property. For information on Pyrodex write to Hodgdon Powder
Co., Inc., 6231 Robinson, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202-1332.
                                                                      15
    ENCORE TRIGGER &
        HAMMER
       WARNING:THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE FIREARM
       SAFETY REQUIREMENTS WILL CAUSE SERIOUS PER-
       SONAL INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU OR OTHERS.


                                         FIGURE 2




                             Hammer “AT REST”



•   THE HAMMER SHOULD BE IN THE “AT REST” POSITION
    DURING LOADING AND WHEN CARRYING



                                         FIGURE 3




                            Hammer “COCKED”



•   THE HAMMER SHOULD BE IN THE “COCKED” POSITION
    ONLY WHEN IN THE PROCESS OF FIRING.



                                         FIGURE 4




                            Hammer in “FIRED”
                            Position


•   WHEN THE ENCORE IS COCKED AND THE TRIGGER IS
    PULLED - THE HAMMER CONTACTS THE FIRING PIN.



16
            PREPARATION
             FOR FIRING
        WARNING:THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE FIREARM
        SAFETY REQUIREMENTS WILL CAUSE SERIOUS PER-
        SONAL INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU OR OTHERS.

•   ALWAYS TREAT ALL FIREARMS AS IF THEY WERE
    LOADED.

•   ALWAYS WEAR ADEQUATE AND PROPER EAR PROTEC-
    TORS SPECIFIED FOR FIREARM USE to prevent perma-
    nent damage to your hearing. Make sure others who are near-
    by are wearing ear protection as well.

•   ALWAYS WEAR PROPER CLOTHING WHEN FIRING A
    MUZZLELOADER wearing long sleeves is recommended to
    protect arms from debris that may be ejected during firing.

•   ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES SPECIFIED FOR
    FIREARM USE, whether indoors or out. Safety glasses
    should protect your eyes from the firing flash and particles
    associated with the discharge of a muzzleloader. Failure to do
    so creates a risk of personal injury from particle or debris spit-
    ting or ricochets. Make sure others who are nearby are wear-
    ing eye protection as well.

•   ALWAYS BE ALERT AND ALWAYS FOLLOW THE SAFETY
    INSTRUCTIONS OF THE RANGE OFFICER. Never shoot if
    you are tired, cold or impaired in any way.

•   ALWAYS BE AWARE OF OTHER PEOPLE so that persons
    cannot accidentally walk into the line of fire.

•   THE SHOOTER (AND ALL OTHERS IN THE SHOOTING
    AREA) MUST ALWAYS BE IN A POSITION THAT IS OUT
    OF THE LINE OF FIRE and are not within an area where they
    may be struck by ricochets or particles ejected from a firearm.

•   NEVER SHOOT AT HARD SURFACES,WATER OR RAN-
    DOMLY INTO THE SKY. Always select a place to shoot that
    has a safe backstop and is free from obstructions and water
    surfaces which cause ricochets.

•   NEVER USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS BEFORE OR WHILE
    SHOOTING OR HANDLING ANY FIREARM.

•   NEVER SMOKE WHILE SHOOTING OR HANDLING A MUZ-
    ZLELOADING FIREARM.

•   ALWAYS KEEP LOADING COMPONENTS AND LOADING
    RESERVES WELL AWAY FROM THE MUZZLELOADER
    WHEN FIRING.



                                                                 17
 MODEL & FEATURES
  IDENTIFICATION
                                                 FIGURE 5




         GUN MODEL DESIGNATION ON THE BARREL



                                                 FIGURE 6




         CALIBER DESIGNATION ON BARREL



                    FIGURE 7                        FIGURE 8


                   TCA - “E”
                FOR ENCORE             SERIAL
                     MODEL             NUMBER
                   MARKING                ON
                  ON FRAME              FRAME




          Frame          Breech Plug
         Assembly                                Barrel Assembly
                                                  with Ramrod

 Stock




                    Hinge Pin                           Forend
                                        Forend
FIGURE 9                                Screws




            PROPELLANT MARKING ON BARREL



                                                   FIGURE 10


18
        INSPECTING YOUR
        ENCORE MUZZLE-
            LOADER
          WARNING: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN
          A SAFE DIRECTION.

          WARNING: ANY TIME THAT YOU HANDLE AN
          ENCORE, OPEN THE ACTION AND ENSURE THAT IT
          IS UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED.

INSPECTING

•    With your finger away from the trigger and with the hammer in
     the “AT REST” position (Figure 8), open the action by pulling
     up and back on the trigger guard spur (Figures 11 & 12).

•    Look into the barrel from the breech end to make sure there is
     no primer in the breech plug and no charge in the bore .

•    Verify that the bore is clear and free of obstructions.

•    You must follow this procedure every time a firearm leaves
     your hand, is cleaned, handed to you or another person,
     transported or stored.

       WARNING: NEVER RELY ON MECHANICAL FEA-
       TURES ALONE. ONLY YOUR SAFE GUN HANDLING
       WILL ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF YOUR FIREARM.
THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


                                                             FIGURE 11




                                                     Open the action by
                                                     pulling up and back
                                                      on trigger guard
    FIGURE 12
                                                     spur - allowing the
                                                     barrel to fall open.




    Note: Place your finger low on the trigger guard spur for maxi-
    mum leverage; give it a fast, sharp pull to open the barrel.

                                                                       19
    INSTALLING A BARREL
        WARNING: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN
        A SAFE DIRECTION.

        WARNING: ALWAYS ENSURE THAT THE FIREARM IS
        UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED WHILE INSPECTING
        OR ASSEMBLING.

•   The forend
    must be                                            FIGURE 13
    removed from      Hammer in the
    any barrel         “AT REST”
    before it can       position
    be installed
    on the frame.
                                                Insert barrel lug
•   Before                                         into frame
    assembly,
    apply a light                                     FIGURE 14
    film of quality
    gun oil to all
    metal parts.
                                               Align holes and
•   Install a bar-                             insert hinge pin
    rel and corre-
    sponding
    forend on the                                     FIGURE 15
    frame assem-
    bly as fol-
    lows:
                                        Close barrel on frame
•   Insert the
    barrel lug into
    the frame
    (Figure 13).

•   Align the
    hinge pin
    holes of the
    barrel and                                        FIGURE 16
    frame and
    insert the hinge pin (Figure 14).

•   With the hinge pin centered in the frame (not protruding from
    either side) tip the barrel up and closed on the frame
    (Figures 15 and 16).

•   Install the forend onto the barrel. Place the rear of the forend
    against the receiver.Align the holes in the forend over the
    holes in the barrel (Figure 17) and secure the forend into
    place using the supplied screws.




20
            INSTALLING A BARREL CONT’D

•   With your fin-                                    FIGURE 17
    ger away
    from the trig-
    ger and the
    hammer in
    the “AT                            Install forend
    REST” posi-
    tion, open the
    barrel by                                         FIGURE 18
                     Hammer in “At Rest”
    holding the      Position
    pistol by the
    grip and
    pulling up and
    back on the                            Open
    trigger guard                         Action
    spur to unlock
    the barrel, allowing it to tip down (Figure 18).

•   Practice opening and closing the Encore before you attempt
    to load and fire it.

Note: The modular nature of the Encore design also allows easy
interchange of barrels, stocks and forends along with sights and
scope mounts (see our catalog or web site for current options).




                                                            21
         CHARGING THE
          T/C ENCORE®
         MUZZLELOADER
        WARNING: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN
        A SAFE DIRECTION.

NOTE: The loading data found in the back of this manual was
compiled using Black Powder or Pyrodex® as a propellant. With
any other approved Black Powder substitute, follow the instruc-
tions supplied by the manufacturer and heed all warnings and
instructions as they apply to loading and usage of that product.

•   Inspect the bore for obstructions and oil or grease (and clean
    if necessary). This is true with the rifle as it comes from the
    factory, as it has been treated with anti-rust compound that
    needs to cleared before use.

•   Do not load the muzzleloading firearm until you have read and
    fully understand this manual.

•   Do not load the muzzleloading firearm until you are ready to
    use it. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger
    guard until you are ready to fire.

Read this manual in its entirety before attempting to load your
firearm. Improper loads or loading procedure and improper use
of your muzzleloading firearm may result in injury and/or death to
the shooter or bystanders and damage to property.

Study the photo on page 24 carefully and read all the captions
before you charge your muzzleloading rifle.The photo shows a
shooter in the process of loading a Encore muzzleloader.

To open the Encore action - pull up and back on the trigger
guard spur to unlock the action and allow the barrel to pivot
downward. Look into the breech plug primer pocket and check to
make sure there is no primer in the pocket. Hold the muzzle up
to the light and look through the breech plug / ignition channel to
ensure that there is no primer or powder charge present.

To close the Encore, rotate the barrel upward at the muzzle while
securely holding the frame/stock assembly of the Encore station-
ary with one hand. Practice opening and closing the Encore
before attempting to load and fire this firearm.

To make sure it is unloaded, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe
direction and insert the ramrod provided with the rifle into the
bore. Note the position of the ramrod in relation to the muzzle. It
will be slightly below the end of the barrel if the rifle is not
loaded. Commit this exercise to memory and practice it every
time that you handle the Encore, or any other muzzleloader.
Before you attempt to load it - before you store it away - before
you hand it to a friend or leave it unattended, always check to
ensure that the firearm is unprimed and uncharged.



22
       CHARGING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D

Wipe the bore free of all oil before loading. Be meticulous with
your cleaning - for the presence of any amount of oil in the barrel
or chamber can dampen the powder charge and cause the rifle
to misfire or hangfire (see section on “Cleaning”). Point the muz-
zle in a safe direction and snap several 209 primers in the
breech plug before charging. This will help ensure positive igni-
tion and clear away any oil that may have accumulated in the
ignition channel.

To charge the Encore with granular powder, adjust the black
powder measure to dispense the desired charge and fill it with
Black Powder or an approved Black Powder substitute, such as
Pyrodex®.

To achieve accuracy, consistency in the powder charge is
required. Fill the measure exactly the same each time.

Set the rifle on its butt and hold the muzzle away from your face
and body as pictured on page 24. Pour the measured charge
down the barrel and strike the side of the barrel several sharp
raps with the heel of your hand. This will settle the powder into
the chamber area of the barrel.

If you are using pellets - follow the instructions provided by the
pellet manufacturer. Seat the projectile firmly on top of the pow-
der or pellets. Do Not pound on the ramrod or beat the projectile
with excessive force, so as to crush the powder or pellet(s) and
distort the bullet.

Loading Conical Lead Bullets or Sabots When Using loose
Black Powder or Granular Pyrodex®

The procedures for loading sabots or conical bullets when using
loose Black Powder or loose Pyrodex® are basically the same.
Care should be taken to seat the bullet or sabot firmly against
the powder charge. Do not pound on it. Again, mark your ramrod
at the muzzle, ensuring that each time you seat a bullet on the
powder the projectile is seated to the same depth.

If you are loading an all-lead conical bullet like T/C’s Maxi-Ball®
or Maxi-Hunter®, proceed as follows; do not use any kind of cloth
patch with these projectiles. They should be lubricated prior to
loading, and are designed to be shot as cast (not sized further).
T/C Maxi-Balls and Maxi-Hunters come from the factory prelubri-
cated. However, if you find some unlubricated bullets, we recom-
mend that you lubricate these bullets with an all-natural lubricant,
free of petroleum, like T/C Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter.
When loading a Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter bullet into the muzzle,
you will note how only the forward most bearing band grooves to
the rifling when loading. The base of the bullet upsets (increases
in diameter) upon firing, causing it to fill the grooves, thus stabi-
lizing the projectile and aiding accuracy.




                                                                23
       CHARGING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D

FIGURE 19
                                                         Stay mentally
     WARNING:                                            alert. This task
     IMPROPERLY CHARG-                                   requires your
ING YOUR T/C ENCORE                                      complete
MUZZLELOADER CAN BE                                      attention.
DANGEROUS. STUDY THIS
PHOTO CAREFULLY BEFORE
PROCEEDING.                                                     Be sure that
                                                                Eyes, ears &
                                                                   arms are
                                                                  protected.


Hold barrel securely
with muzzle upwards -                                               Do Not
directed away                                                  Smoke while
from your face                                                  loading any
and body.                                                     muzzleloader.




                                                                       Keep
                                                               components
Use Black Powder or an                                            & reserve
approved Black Powder                                               powder
substitute, such as                                         well away from
Pyrodex®.                                                      the firearm.
Use a T/C graduated
powder measure and do
not overcharge. NEVER
charge directly
from a powder flask,
can or powder horn.



Be certain that
the Encore is unprimed.                                  Rifle’s butt rest-
                                                         ing firmly on the
                                                         ground & sup-
                                                         ported by the
               FIG 20                                    side of the shoot-
                                                         er's foot to pre-
                                                         vent slipping.


                          For the Encore Muzzleloading Pistol the same
                          basic rules apply - with butt of the pistol grip
                          resting firmly on the ground to load.

                          With barrel held securely with muzzle upwards
                          - directed away from your face and body.


24
       CHARGING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D

Do not lubricate sabots before loading. They are intended to be
loaded into the muzzleloader just as they come from the package.
In fact, for best results, it is recommended that all evidence of oil
or lubricant be removed from the bore before loading a sabot -
the drier the bore the better in terms of optimal accuracy.

Hold the rifle as pictured on
page 24 and pour your mea-                            FIGURE 21
sured powder charge into the
barrel. Start the lubricated
bullet or sabot into the bore
with your fingers. The base of
the projectile will enter the
bore easily with finger pres-
sure. Drive the projectile
down about four inches into
the barrel with the rod end of
the bullet starter (Figure 18).
Using the ramrod, push the
projectile the remainder of                            FIGURE 22
the way down the barrel until
it contacts the powder
charge. The sabot or conical
bullet must be seated firmly
against the powder charge.
Seat the projectile with exact-
ly the same pressure shot
after shot to aid in accuracy.

Remove the ramrod from the
bore and return it to the thim-
bles before you prime the firearm.
                                                            Seat the
Push the projectile down the barrel and                    projectile
seat it firmly against the powder charge                      firmly
Figures 22 and 23).                                          against
                                                                 the
Once the projectile is seated firmly against                 powder
the powder charge, mark your ramrod to                       charge
indicate the correct loaded depth of the
powder plus the projectile. This will allow                FIG. 23
you to ensure that each projectile is seated
to the same depth before firing. Re-mark
the ramrod each time you adjust the pow-
der charge or change projectiles. When
you arrive at the desired charge, mark the
ramrod so you have a permanent refer-
ence mark (Figure 24). When the powder
charge or projectile are then changed, the
reference mark should also be changed to
indicate the new correct load length.

                                                      FIGURE 24


                                                                25
       CHARGING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D

       WARNING: NEVER FIRE A MUZZLELOADER UNLESS
       YOU ARE SURE THE PROJECTILE IS PROPERLY
       SEATED ON THE POWDER CHARGE AND THE RAM-
ROD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BORE. SHOOTERS
SHOULD BEAR IN MIND THAT THE MUZZLELOADING PRO-
JECTILE IS NOT CRIMPED INTO POSITION AS IS THE FIXED
CARTRIDGE PROJECTILE. IF A PROJECTILE DOES NOT FIT
TIGHTLY THEN JARRING OR MOVEMENT OF THE FIREARM
CAN CAUSE IT TO MOVE FORWARD IN A MUZZLELOADER.
IF THE FIREARM IS FIRED WHEN A PROJECTILE IS FOR-
WARD OR OFF THE POWDER CHARGE,OR THE RAMROD IS
STILL IN THE BORE, THEN THE PROJECTILE OR RAMROD
MAY ACT AS A BORE OBSTRUCTION. THIS CAN CAUSE A
RUPTURED OR BURST BARREL. A RUPTURED OR BURST
BARREL MAY CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
IF, DUE TO FOULING, A BULLET OR BALL BECOMES
LODGED PART WAY DOWN THE BARREL, THE FIREARM
MUST BE DISASSEMBLED AND THE CHARGE REMOVED.
SEE SECTION ON “CLEANING”. ALSO SEE SECTION ON
“UNLOADING AND UNCHARGING”.

Loading Conical Bullets or Sabots When Using Pyrodex®
Pellets

Start by loading the pellets into the bore, following the specific
pellet manufacturer’s instructions.

Next, start the projectile into the bore and then use your ramrod
to push the projectile the remainder of the way down the bore,
until it is seated firmly against the pellet(s) (Figure 25). Do not
pound on it, as this will likely crush the pellets and effect the reli-
ability of ignition. It could also deform the bullet and will undoubt-
edly affect accuracy .

With successive shots, fouling may build up enough in the bore
to make loading of subsequent shots more difficult, or even
impossible. The more fouling that is present, the more difficult it
will be to seat your projectile to the same depth. This will cause
differences in pressure, which will in turn affect accuracy. While
at the range, you should clean (swab) your bore (with a powder
solvent like Thompson/Center’s No.13 and suitable jag/patch
combination) after each shot, for maximum accuracy. In the field,
you can expect to fire two to three shots before swabbing may
be necessary. The more powder you use in each charge, the
more fouling will build up. When you experience progressively
more difficult bullet seating due to buildup of fouling, you must
clean the bore or safe loading will become impossible.
See the sections on "Cleaning" and on "Unloading/Uncharging".

Once the sabot has been loaded, it is necessary to carefully
mark your ramrod to indicate the depth of the fully seated pellet
and projectile combination that you are using (Figure 26).


26
       CHARGING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D




                                                    BORE
Make sure that the bore has been cleaned
and that all of the oil or lubricant has been
                                                              Seat the
removed.
                                                             projectile
The drier the bore, the better when shooting                    firmly
sabots, as this will improve accuracy.                         against




                                                    PELLET
                                                                   the
NOTE: Under normal conditions the Encore                      pellet(s)
muzzleloader is unloaded simply by firing it




                                                    PELLET
into a suitable and safe backstop. There
are, however, conditions under which the
firearm cannot be fired and the charge must                  FIG. 25
be removed manually:

•   The projectile is not seated firmly
    against the powder charge, stop imme-
    diately! Do not attempt to fire the gun.
    You must remove the charge and then
    clean the barrel.

•   The Encore muzzleloader is loaded in a
    proper manner yet fails to fire after re-
    peated priming and clearing of the igni-
    tion fire channel.
                                                             FIG. 26
•   You are at a location that is unsuitable
    for discharging the firearm before transporting it.

Proceed to the section on Unloading and Uncharging in this
manual if these conditions or any others occur where the muzzle-
loader cannot be discharged safely.




                                                                   27
         PRIMING THE
         T/C ENCORE®
        MUZZLELOADER
Use a #209 primer for ignition in the Thompson/Center Encore
muzzleloader .

      WARNING: DO NOT PRIME THE FIREARM UNTIL YOU
      ARE ACTUALLY READY TO FIRE. CARRYING A
      CHARGED, PRIMED ENCORE CAN BE DANGEROUS.
ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE IS A CONSTANT HAZARD
WHICH, IF IT OCCURS, CAN CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH
TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO
PROPERTY. THE ONLY SAFE WAY TO GUARD AGAINST AN
ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE IS TO CARRY YOUR ENCORE
MUZZLELOADER UNPRIMED, WITH THE HAMMER IN THE
"AT REST" POSITION AND THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION.

       WARNING: ALWAYS ENSURE THAT THE RAMROD
       HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BORE BEFORE
       FIRING.

After following the instructions to this point, your firearm is
charged with Black Powder or an approved Black Powder substi-
tute such as Pyrodex. A projectile is firmly seated against the
powder charge. The ramrod has been returned to the thimbles
under the barrel. The ramrod will be marked to the exact seating
depth of the powder/projectile combination that you are using -
allowing you to ensure that each future projectile is also seated
to the same depth in the bore.

With the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, open the action by
pulling up and back on the trigger guard spur then tipping the
barrel down and open.




  Always keep the muzzle                                FIG. 27
  pointed downrange and
  keep fingers away from
        the trigger.




28
        PRIMING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FIRE YOUR ENCORE, OPEN THE
BARREL AND PRIME IT AS SHOWN HERE (Figure 24).

Handling 209 primers can be made easier with the (Figure 28)
primer/deprimer tool (T/C part #7760) that is sold as an accesso-
ry. Slide a 209 primer into the slot of the tool as shown in the dia-
gram below. To prime the gun, place the protruding part of the
primer into the hole in the breech plug. Once the primer has been
inserted, pull the tool away from the gun while leaving the 209
primer in the breech plug’s primer pocket. To remove a 209
primer from the breech plug, push this forked end under the rim
of the primer. As you push the tool forward, the primer will lift out
of its hole allowing you to grasp the primer with your fingers and
remove it from the gun.




                                                           FIG. 28

If you decide not to fire; always be sure the gun to keep the gun
pointed in a safe direction and remove the 209 primer from the
breech plug primer pocket.




          FIRING THE
         T/C ENCORE®
        MUZZLELOADER
       WARNING: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN
       A SAFE DIRECTION.

     WARNING: WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION SPECI-
     FIED FOR FIREARM USE EVERY TIME YOU DISCHARGE
     YOUR FIREARM. MAKE SURE OTHERS IN THE VICINITY
OF WHERE YOU WILL BE SHOOTING DO SO AS WELL.

     WARNING: ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION.
     CLEANING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED
     AREAS, DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR HANDLING
AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN
EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO
CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM AND OTHER
SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY
AFTER EXPOSURE.

     WARNING: NEVER RELY ON MECHANICAL FEATURES
     ALONE. ONLY YOUR SAFE GUN HANDLING WILL
     ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF YOUR FIREARM. THIS IS
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
                                                                29
           FIRING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D

      WARNING: WHEN FIRING THE T/C ENCORE, HOLD IT
      FIRMLY, ALLOWING YOUR BODY WEIGHT TO ABSORB AND
      BUFFER THE FORCE OF THE RECOIL. AN IMPROPERLY
HELD FIREARM CAN CAUSE POSSIBLE INJURY AND/OR BRUISING.


                                   Move Hammer to
•   Grasp firearm firmly with
    the trigger finger resting     “COCKED” position with
    along and outside of the
    trigger guard.

•   Raise firearm and pull the
    stock of the rifle firmly into
    your shoulder or grip the      finger away
    pistol grip firmly.
                                   from trigger        FIGURE 29
•   Draw the hammer back
    to the full rearward
    “COCKED” position (Fig. 29).
                                                Do Not Prime The
•   The gun will now fire when
                                             Encore Muzzleloader
    pressure is applied to the                Until You Are Ready
    trigger.                                            To Fire It!

•   Place your finger on trig-
    ger and squeeze until the
    gun fires (Figure 30).

•   To reload, see the Section
                                                       FIGURE 30
    on “CHARGING”.


     WARNING: IF THE FIREARM IS NO LONGER GOING
     TO BE USED, UNCHARGE IT BY FIRING IT INTO A
     SUITABLE BACKSTOP OR PULL THE CHARGE
BEFORE RETURNING IT TO YOUR VEHICLE, CAMP OR
HOME (SEE SECTION ON “UNLOADING”). AN ACCIDENTAL
DISCHARGE CAN CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

      WARNING: IF YOUR FIREARM GIVES ANY INDICA-
      TION THAT IT IS NOT PERFORMING PROPERLY OR
      THE OPERATION OF YOUR FIREARM HAS CHANGED
“THE WAY IT FEELS OR SOUNDS”, STOP FIRING. MAKE
SURE THE FIREARM IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION,
UNLOAD THE FIREARM AND CONTACT THE
THOMPSON/CENTER CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT.




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          FIRING THE T/C ENCORE CONT’D

After cocking the Encore hammer, if you decide not to fire; always
keep the gun is pointed in a safe direction - then carefully lower the
hammer from the “Cocked” position to the “At Rest” position. To do
this, hold your thumb securely on the hammer so it cannot drop
freely - then pull the trigger back (only long enough to disengage
the hammer from the sear) (Figure 31) and allow the hammer to
move forward slowly - with your trigger finger now fully away from
the trigger until the hammer resides in the “At Rest” position
(Figure 32) . Open the barrel and remove the 209 primer from the
breech plug primer pocket.

    Thumb is held firmly on the        Once released - remove finger
  hammer so it will not drop freely   from trigger and lower hammer




                      FIGURE 31                         FIGURE 32




                                                                  31
        UNLOADING AND
         UNCHARGING
        WARNING: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN
        A SAFE DIRECTION.

      WARNING: NEVER ATTEMPT TO PULL A CHARGE
      FROM YOUR MUZZLELOADER UNTIL YOU ARE
      ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE FIREARM IS
UNPRIMED. WHILE IN THE PROCESS OF PULLING THE
CHARGE, DO NOT SMOKE, OR BE NEAR ANYONE ELSE
WHO IS SMOKING; THE SPARK FROM A LIGHTED CIGA-
RETTE, CIGAR, OR PIPE CAN IGNITE BLACK POWDER,
PYRODEX, OR PRIMERS. ANY EXTERNAL HEAT SOURCE
CAN IGNITE YOUR CHARGE, CAUSING AN EXPLOSION,
WHICH COULD RESULT IN INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

UNLOADING A CHARGE FROM THE ENCORE MUZZLELOADER

Under normal conditions the Encore muzzleloader is unloaded
simply by firing it into a suitable and safe backstop. There are,
however, some conditions under which the firearm cannot be
fired and the charge must be removed manually.

THE CONDITIONS THAT REQUIRE A CHARGE TO BE
REMOVED MANUALLY FROM THE BARREL OF THE ENCORE
MUZZLELOADER ARE AS FOLLOWS:

• The projectile is not seated firmly against the powder charge,
stop immediately! Do not attempt to fire the gun. You must
remove the charge and then clean the barrel.

• If the Encore muzzleloader is loaded in a proper manner yet fails
to fire after repeated priming and clearing of the ignition channel.

• If you are at a location that is unsuitable for discharging the fire-
arm before transporting it.

To remove a charge from your T/C Encore muzzleloader it
will be necessary to take the following steps:

Tip the barrel open and make sure that the gun is unprimed.

Remove the breech plug.

With the breech plug removed, point the muzzle up. Gravity
should then cause the pellets or the loose powder to drop out.
The sabot or bullet can then be poked out of the bore with your
ramrod. To push the bullet fully out of the barrel, it will be neces-
sary to add the extended super jag (which came with your rifle) to
your ramrod, or, you can use a longer “range rod” if you have
access to one.



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       UNLOADING & UNCHARGING CONT’D

If your propellant (pellets or loose powder) does not come out as
a result of gravity, push the entire charge out from the muzzle
end with your ramrod and the installed ramrod extension. If that
isn’t possible, you should then pour water into the breech area of
the barrel to fully saturate (and liquify) the pellets or powder. After
the powder is removed, push the bullet out with your ramrod
inserted from the muzzle (with the ramrod extension installed if
necessary).

If you can’t remove the breech plug at this point;

If you can’t remove the breech plug in order to unload the charge,
it will be necessary to submerge the breech section of the barrel
in a pail or bucket of water.

Disassembly of the Encore will be necessary.

Check to make sure the gun is unprimed by tipping the barrel
open and removing the primer from the breech plug.

Detach the barrel from the receiver assembly as detailed in the
Disassembly Section of this manual.

Once the barrel is detached - submerge the breech section of the
barrel in a pail of water (hot water if possible). Make certain that
at least 8" of the breech section is submerged for at least one
half hour.

After soaking the powder 1/2 hour and rendering it inert, try
pulling the projectile from the bore by using your ramrod (or a
range rod) with a bullet puller. Screw the bullet puller onto your
rod, insert the ramrod from the muzzle end, and when you make
contact with the projectile, turn the rod clockwise, screwing the
bullet puller into the projectile. Once screwed into the projectile,
pull the projectile out of the barrel. If you are using a sabot, make
sure that both the projectile and the sabot are removed from the
bore.

If, for any reason, you are unable to remove the charge in the
manner recommended, squirt oil into the primer pocket of the
breech plug and into the barrel’s breech area in order to ensure
that the powder charge is inert, (if you were to use water only - it
will just dry out over a period of time), and return the barrel to the
service department at the address shown below with a letter
describing the problem.

     Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc.
     ATTN: Repair Dept.
     400 North Main Street
     Rochester, New Hampshire 03867




                                                                  33
        FIELD CLEANING
NOTE: Residue from burned black powder and black powder
substitutes is very corrosive. The fouling or residue left over after
firing your muzzleloading firearm can be destructive to gun’s
parts. Leaving your firearm unclean with this fouling present can
lead to a ruined firearm, as parts will rust and oxidize in short
order.

The build up of fouling from shot to shot will produce shot to shot
increases in pressure that will greatly affect accuracy. The lubri-
cant used, the amount of powder in the charge, and the projectile
used (sabot or all-lead conical bullet) will all affect the amount of
fouling you will produce with each shot. Eventually, if not cleaned,
the muzzleloading firearm will become impossible to load proper-
ly. Driven part way down the bore and blocked by fouling, a pro-
jectile may “hang up” and refuse to budge further.

       WARNING: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN
       A SAFE DIRECTION.

     WARNING: NEVER ATTEMPT TO CLEAN A CHARGED
     OR PRIMED MUZZLELOADING FIREARM. AN ACCI-
     DENTAL DISCHARGE CAN CAUSE INJURY AND/OR
DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE
TO PROPERTY.

     WARNING: ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION.
     CLEANING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED
     AREAS, DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR HANDLING
AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN
EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN
TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM AND
OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. WASH HANDS THOR-
OUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE.

      WARNING: NEVER FIRE A MUZZLELOADING
      FIREARM UNLESS THE PROJECTILE IS FIRMLY
      SEATED AGAINST THE POWDER CHARGE. A PRO-
JECTILE WHICH IS ONLY PART WAY DOWN THE BARREL
CREATES A DANGEROUS BORE OBSTRUCTION CONDITION
WHICH MAY CAUSE A BURST BARREL UPON FIRING. INJU-
RY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDER AND
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY MAY RESULT.

IF THE PROJECTILE IS NOT SEATED AGAINST THE POW-
DER CHARGE THE FIREARM MUST BE DISASSEMBLED
AND THE CHARGE REMOVED (SEE SECTION ON “PULLING
A CHARGE”).




34
                FIELD CLEANING CONT’D

The Thompson/Center Encore muz-
zleloader was supplied with a clean-
ing jag which is the proper size for
cleaning the firearm. Use commer-
cial cleaning patches (round or
square) or pieces of cotton clothing
to clean the bore.

Use the cleaning jag that was pro-
vided with the Encore, and a clean-
ing patch saturated with a bore
cleaner like Thompson/Center’s
No.13 Solvent. Run the saturated
patch up and down the bore a few
times - to remove the fouling
(Figure 33).

T/C’s Number 13 Solvent is specifi-
cally designed for cleaning Black
Powder or Pyrodex® fouling from           Cleaning
muzzleloading firearms.                   Jag

After removing all the fouling,          The Cleaning Jag
                                         threads onto the
follow up with a few dry patches         end of the ramrod.
to thoroughly dry the bore.
                                          Position
Clean the frame assembly with a           the patch
                                          over end
soft bristle brush dampened with          of the jag.
                                                              B or e




some solvent. When the frame is
dry, lightly oil it. Reassemble and
                                       FIG. 33
check for proper function of the
hammer and trigger assembly.




                                                                       35
                THOROUGH
                CLEANING
Cleaning and maintenance are essential to ensure the proper
functioning of your firearm.

Your firearm is a precision instrument. To ensure reliable function
it is necessary to follow a routine maintenance procedure. When
you are finished shooting for the day or for the season and plan to
store the Encore muzzleloader away, it is recommended that you
clean the firearm thoroughly.

       WARNING: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN
       A SAFE DIRECTION.

     WARNING: NEVER ATTEMPT TO CLEAN A CHARGED OR
     PRIMED MUZZLELOADING FIREARM. AN ACCIDENTAL DIS-
     CHARGE CAN CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

       WARNING: WEAR SAFETY GLASSES EVERY TIME
       YOU ASSEMBLE OR DISASSEMBLE YOUR FIREARM.

      WARNING: DO NOT ALTER, MODIFY OR REPLACE
      ANY OF THE PARTS OF YOUR FIREARM UNLESS
      THIS WORK IS PERFORMED BY A QUALIFIED GUN-
SMITH USING GENUINE THOMPSON/CENTER PARTS. IF
YOU DO OTHERWISE, IMPROPER FUNCTIONING MAY
OCCUR AND SERIOUS INJURY MAY RESULT.

     WARNING: ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION.
     CLEANING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED
     AREAS, DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR HANDLING
AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN
EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN
TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM AND
OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. WASH HANDS THOR-
OUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE.

Follow these instructions for thorough cleaning:

Tip the barrel open and be certain that there is no primer in the
primer pocket.

Remove the breech plug. The breech plug of an Encore 209x50 is
removed from the barrel by turning it counter-clockwise (as
viewed from the breech end of the barrel) using the wrench that
was supplied with the gun. For the Encore Pro-Hunter and
Endeavor - see the appropriate Appendix in this manual for
breech plug removal instructions.




36
           THOROUGH CLEANING CONT’D

Once removed, the breech plug should be scrubbed free of fouling
and should then be lubricated with an anti-seize lubricant like T/C's
Super Lube, before reinstallation. The threads inside the breech
end of the barrel must also be well cleaned with a stiff brush and
solvent and then dried and lubricated with anti-seize lube.

Next in the cleaning process; fill a pan with hot soapy water.
Submerge the muzzle end of the barrel in the water and push a
wet patch down the barrel (from the breech end) on the end of
your ramrod that has a jag installed on it (a jag comes with T/C
muzzleloaders from the factory). Pump the ramrod and patch up
and down in the barrel. This will draw water into the barrel and
flush out the fouling. When the barrel is clean, wipe off any ex-
cess water and allow it to dry.

Thoroughly wipe any powder residue from the frame assembly.
Dry the parts thoroughly and lubricate them lightly to prevent rust
and corrosion.

             Frame          Breech Plug
                                                     Barrel Assembly
            Assembly
                                                      with Ramrod

  Stock




                       Hinge Pin                           Forend
                                            Forend
                                            Screws
                                                            FIG. 34




   FIG. 35a                               FIG. 35b

Use a pressurized moisture displacing oil to clean and lubricate
the firing pin within the frame (from both the front and back) - as
shown in Figures 35a and 35b).

After cleaning your Encore, it is recommended that you lightly
lubricate the metal surfaces of the rifle. Do not use heavy grease
or oil, as during cold weather, lube may congeal and slow the
hammer fall (or keep it from striking the firing pin altogether)
when the trigger is pulled.

                                                                37
           THOROUGH CLEANING CONT’D

With the barrel completely dry, lightly lubricate the bore with a
quality gun lubricant or, in keeping with the all-natural method,
T/C's Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter. Re-install the breech
plug, making sure that you have lubricated all of the threads with
an anti-seize lubricant like T/C's Super Lube. The breech plug
should be threaded into place by turning it clockwise with the
breech plug wrench - until it is seated. Screw breech plug in
carefully. Be certain that the threads mesh properly (not cross-
threaded) and ensure that the breech plug is snug.

     IMPROPER TYPE OR INSTALLATION OF BREECH
     PLUGS CAN CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
     SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO
PROPERTY.

Also, lubricate the threads inside the breech area of the barrel
with anti-seize lubricant.

After your Encore muzzleloader breech plug has been reinstalled,
check for proper functioning of the barrel and the hammer/trigger
mechanism prior to loading and firing.

If the Encore muzzleloader has become very dirty due to exten-
sive firing, the shooter may want to disassemble the rifle further
than just removing the breech plug. If this happens, follow the
instructions in the Disassembly Section that follows.

CAUTION:
Always follow the instructions provided with your gun cleaner
and gun lubricant.

CAUTION:
Some cleaners can cause damage to your firearms. You should
avoid prolonged solvent immersion and prolonged ultrasonic
cleaning of your firearm. Choice of solvent should be restricted
to those products specifically developed for firearms maintenance.
Damage to a firearm’s finish may occur if these cautions are
ignored. Ammoniated solvents or other strong alkaline solvents,
should not be used on any Thompson/Center firearm. As a rule of
thumb, if you would be comfortable applying the solvent of your
choice to the finish of your automobile, it will probably be safe for
use on your firearm.




38
      DISASSEMBLY OF
     THE ENCORE® FOR
         CLEANING
       WARNING: ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT THE MUZZLE-
       LOADER IS UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED BEFORE DIS-
       ASSEMBLING IT. TO ENSURE THAT THE GUN IS
UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED, TIP THE BARREL OPEN (DOWN).
THIS WILL EXPOSE THE BREECH PLUG. MAKE SURE THERE IS
NO PRIMER SEATED IN THE BREECH PLUG. NEXT, HOLDING
THE MUZZLE UP TO THE LIGHT, LOOK THROUGH THE IGNITION
FIRE CHANNEL FROM THE BREECH END TO MAKE SURE YOU
CAN SEE THROUGH IT. IF YOU CANNOT SEE THROUGH IT,
EITHER THE GUN IS CHARGED OR THE IGNITION FIRE CHAN-
NEL IS OBSTRUCTED AND IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR YOU
TO REMOVE THE BREECH PLUG. IF YOU CAN SEE LIGHT, PRO-
CEED AS FOLLOWS:

The T/C Encore Muzzleloader breaks down into three basic
groups of parts as shown below:

The Frame Assembly - This assembly is held on the stock by a
stock draw bolt. The fire control mechanism (hammer, sear, firing
pin, etc.) is housed within the frame.

The Muzzleloading Barrel Assembly - This includes the barrel,
breech plug, ramrod, thimbles and sights. It is held to the receiver
by a hinge pin which anchors the barrel to the frame.

The Stock (or Grip) Assembly - Includes the stock, pistol grip, grip
cap and the forend.

•   NEVER DISASSEMBLE YOUR FIREARM beyond the proce-
    dures outlined in this manual. Improper disassembly or re-
    assembly of your firearm may be dangerous and can lead to
    serious injury or death.

TAKEDOWN OF THE ENCORE MUZZLELOADER

• Make sure that the gun is unprimed and uncharged.

• Remove the ramrod from the thimble(s).

• Remove the forend screw(s). Turn these screws out counter-
clockwise (as viewed from the bottom of the gun). Remove the
forend from the barrel.

• Tip the barrel open and remove the barrel hinge pin by tapping
it out (in either direction). Remove the barrel from the frame.

• Remove the screw that retains the extractor in the barrel lug.
Then, remove the extractor from its slot.



                                                               39
ENCORE MUZZLELOADER DISASSEMBLY CONT’D

• Use the wrench that was supplied with the Encore 209x50 muz-
zleloader (barrel) to remove the breech plug by turning it counter-
clockwise (as viewed from the breech end of the barrel). For the
Encore Pro-Hunter and Encore Endeavor - see the appropriate
Appendix in this manual for breech plug removal instructions.

If you need to hold the barrel more firmly than you can with just
your hand, a crescent wrench or vise on the barrel lug will supply
the needed holding power. This procedure will give you the nec-
essary leverage to “break” the gas seal which was formed when
the breech plug was originally “snugged” to the barrel during in-
stallation. There will be initial resistance between these parts
which must be overcome.

• Reverse these steps to reassemble, making sure that you check
for proper functioning of the trigger, striker & safety mechanism
prior to loading and firing. The breech plug of the Encore muzzle-
loader should be seated in the barrel until it is “snug”. “Snug” is
defined as being as tight as you can turn it into the barrel by using
the breech plug wrench and turning it clockwise, while holding the
barrel in your hand. When you can no longer grip the barrel, and it
turns in your hand, the breech plug is “snug”.

The breech plug should be threaded into place by turning it clock-
wise with the breech plug wrench - until it is seated. Screw the
breech plug in carefully. Be certain that the threads mesh properly
(not cross-threaded) and ensure that he breech plug is snug.

This diagram shows the extent to which the Encore should be
disassembled.

If other service is required, contact the Thompson/Center
Customer Service Department (603-330-5659).

             Frame          Breech Plug
                                                      Barrel Assembly
            Assembly
                                                       with Ramrod

   Stock




                       Hinge Pin                            Forend
                                          Forend
                                          Screws
                                                             FIG. 36




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   MOUNTING A SCOPE
We recommend that you have a competent gunsmith install your
scope and mount.

      WARNING: ALWAYS ENSURE THAT THE FIREARM IS
      UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED BEFORE INSTALLING A
      SCOPE OR ANY ACCESSORIES. FAILURE TO DO THIS
CAN CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU OR OTHERS.

      WARNING: DO NOT DRILL ADDITIONAL HOLES IN
      THE BARREL AS THIS COULD WEAKEN ITS STRUC-
      TURE AND CONTRIBUTE TO A RUPTURE CAUSING
INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR
BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

The barrel is factory drilled and tapped for T/C mounts. Follow the
instructions that come with your scope and the mounts for proper
installation. Address questions to the T/C Service Department.
  Follow the instructions supplied with the
  scope and rings to ensure proper eye relief




                                                      FIGURE 37



  SIGHT ADJUSTMENT
     WARNING: ALWAYS ENSURE THAT THE FIREARM IS
     UNCHARGED AND UNPRIMED BEFORE ATTEMPTING
     ANY ADJUSTMENTS. FAILURE TO DO THIS CAN CAUSE
PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU OR OTHERS.

To adjust elevation, moving the elevation “blade” up or down
changes the point of impact. To do this, turn the Elevation
Adjustment Screw clockwise (as viewed from the receiver end) to
lower the point of impact, and counter-clockwise, to raise the
point of impact.

To adjust the windage it is Windage
necessary to move the en- Adjustment Screw                 Elevation
tire rear sight leaf left or                               Adjustment
right by using the slotted                                 Screw

screw head on the right
side of the rear sight (as
viewed from the receiver
end of the sight). Move the rear sight blade in the direction you
want your shots to hit-- (Example; Turn the screw clockwise -
thereby moving the sight blade to the right, to move your shots to
the right and counter-clockwise to move the shots to the left).

                                                                 41
  LIMITED WARRANTY
Thompson/Center Arms provides a warranty for all factory fin-
ished firearms for the lifetime of the original consumer purchaser.
Any such firearms or part thereof returned, postage paid, to the
factory at Thompson/Center, 400 North Main Street, Rochester,
New Hampshire 03867, will be repaired or replaced to our com-
mercial standards free of charge and returned to the consumer
purchaser postage prepaid.

This warranty is effective from the date of purchase and applies
to the original owner of the firearm. This warranty is established
by return of our authorized warranty card within 30 days of pur-
chase. With respect to such firearms, this warranty supersedes
any and all other warranties.
Thompson/Center firearms are warranted to be free from defects
in material and workmanship. Any such defects of which
Thompson/Center receives written notice will be remedied by
Thompson/Center without charge within a reasonable time after
such notification and delivery of the firearm as provided below.

Warranty claims (in writing) and the firearm concerned should be
delivered to Thompson/Center’s Customer Service Department.
In addition, a copy of the bill of sale in the owner’s name, or a
copy of ATF Form 4473 indicating date of purchase must be
included.

Warranty claims should state the model and serial number of the
firearm concerned and the description of the difficulty experi-
enced. It is recommended that shipments be insured by the
owner, since Thompson/Center will accept no responsibility for
loss or damage in transit. Transportation and insurance charges
for return to owner will be paid by Thompson/Center if the claim
is covered by the warranty.

THIS WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IS GIVEN IN LIEU OF
ANY AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR
IMPLIED. NO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE GIVEN AND
ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR BREACH OF ANY IMPLIED WAR-
RANTY OR WARRANTY CREATED BY LAW IS DISCLAIMED.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THOMPSON/CENTER BE
RESPONSIBLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAM-
AGES WITH RESPECT TO ECONOMIC LOSS, INJURY, DEATH
OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, WHETHER AS A RESULT OF
BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental
or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion
may not apply to you in whole or in part. Thompson/Center will
not be responsible for:




42
             LIMITED WARRANTY CONT’D

  • Defects or malfunctions resulting from careless handling,
    unauthorized adjustments or modifications made or
    attempted by anyone other than a qualified gunsmith
    following Thompson/Center authorized procedures, or
    beyond the disassembly instructions in this manual.

  • Use of defective or improper ammunition, corrosion, neglect,
    abuse, ordinary wear and tear, or unreasonable use.

  • Criminal misuse, negligence, resale, use under the
    influence of drugs or alcohol.

Thompson/Center reserves the right to determine what consti-
tutes ordinary wear and tear.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have
other rights that vary from state to state.

Note: All liability is excluded in the event that the instructions in
this manual are not observed.

This warranty does not cover any damage caused by custom
alteration of the firearm! Services performed by the
Thompson/Center Custom Shop do not void the warranty.
Thompson/Center Arms reserves the right to refuse to repair or
replace firearms, or parts thereof, damaged by abuse or misuse.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state. Address all cor-
respondence and inquiries to the address shown on the cover of
this booklet.

This warranty does not cover the finish of the stock or steel com-
ponents from scratches, dings or rust which may occur through
normal usage or improper care, or any damage caused by cus-
tom alterations of the firearm other than those performed by the
T/C Custom Shop! Thompson/Center Arms reserves the right to
refuse to repair or replace firearms, or parts thereof, damaged by
abuse or misuse




                                                                   43
CONTACT & SHIPPING
   FOR SERVICE
Shipping Address: Thompson/Center
                  400 North Main St.
                  Rochester, New Hampshire 03867

Should your Thompson/Center firearm require service, it should
be returned to the Thompson/Center factory.

• Call or e-mail the Customer Service Dept. for authorization
  and shipping instructions.

• Ensure that the both magazine and chamber are unloaded.

•   Do not attempt to ship a firearm via US Postal Service;
    only federally licensed dealers may ship a firearm by US
    Postal Service.

•   DO NOT SHIP ANY AMMUNITION.

•   Enclose a letter which includes your full name and address
     (no P.O. Boxes, please), daytime telephone number, e-mail
    address, the serial number of the firearm, and details of the
    problem experienced (stating the brand and type of ammuni-
    tion used when the problem occurred) or work desired.

•   Record the serial number before shipping, in case you wish to
    check on the repair status of your firearm.

•   Please remove all custom parts and accessories, such as
    stocks, special sights and scopes, or slings from your firearm
    before returning.

•   Place the firearm in its original case or in a similarly secure
    container and pack it securely.

•   The package must NOT bear any markings which indicate the
    identity of the contents.

• It is most important that you comply with federal, state, and
  local laws and regulations. The following guidelines are meant
  to help, but you must seek assistance from the appropriate
  authorities if necessary.

• If your firearm must be replaced, it may be necessary to ship
  the replacement to a dealer rather than directly to you. You
  may be requested to furnish a signed FFL (Federal Firearms
  License) from your dealer in such an instance.

•   Warranty repair work will begin upon receipt and examination
    of the firearm. In the case of repairs or work not covered by
    the warranty, a quotation covering the cost of the work plus
    round trip transportation charges will be sent to you. Repairs
    or modification will begin upon receipt of payment.

44
 CONTACT & SHIPPING FOR SERVICE CONT’D

      WARNING: YOU MAY PURCHASE ACCESSORIES FOR
      YOUR THOMPSON/CENTER FIREARM. YOU MUST HAVE
      SOME OF THESE PARTS INSTALLED BY A GUNSMITH
QUALIFIED TO PERFORM SERVICE ON THOMPSON/CENTER
FIREARMS. NEVER ATTEMPT TO MODIFY YOUR FIREARM OR
INSTALL REPLACEMENT PARTS IN YOUR FIREARM. ALWAYS
USE A QUALIFIED THOMPSON/CENTER GUNSMITH EVEN IF
THE REPAIR SEEMS SIMPLE.




                                             45
   ENCORE® SPEED
  BREECH™ APPENDIX
This appendix is a supplement to the information provided in the
preceeding Thompson/Center Encore Magnum Muzzleloader
Safety and Instruction Manual. The appendix applies to the spe-
cific differences in operation for the Speed Breech™ and the
Swing Hammer™.


   Use & Care of the Thompson/Center Encore
      Pro-Hunter “Speed Breech” System

The Encore Pro-Hunter Muzzleloader barrel is equipped with a
“Speed Breech” breech plug system and a rotating extractor for
convenience in unloading and cleaning. It differs from the stan-
dard T/C Encore muzzleloading barrel in several important
aspects as detailed here.

The Encore Pro-Hunter “Speed Breech” breech plug uses an
interrupted “Buttress” thread design that requires only 1/4 turn to
remove it or to install it.

      NEVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE A CHARGE FROM
      YOUR ENCORE PRO HUNTER MUZZLELOADER
      UNTIL YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE
FIREARM IS UNPRIMED (PRIMER REMOVED FROM THE
BREECH PLUG). AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE CAN CAUSE
INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR
BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

REMOVING THE “SPEED BREECH” - BREECH PLUG
To remove the breech plug from the Encore Pro Hunter muzzle-
loader barrel - the extractor must first be tipped out of the way
(see FIG.4) - to allow the breech plug wrench access. First, tip
the barrel open and remove the primer. Then draw the extractor
slightly rearward and rotate it 90 degrees (in either direction) to
allow clearance for the breech plug wrench (FIG.5).

The breech plug is removed from the barrel by turning it 1/4 turn
counter-clockwise (as viewed from the breech end of the barrel)
with the wrench supplied (FIG.6). The supplied breech plug
wrench has a clip which automatically engages a groove in the
breech plug when it is pushed onto it - allowing you to easily
withdraw the unscrewed breech plug from the barrel (see FIG.7).

REMOVING A CHARGE FROM THE ENCORE PRO HUNTER
MUZZLELOADER
Under normal conditions, an Encore muzzleloader is unloaded
simply by firing it into a suitable and safe backstop. There are,
however, some conditions under which the firearm cannot be
fired and the charge must be removed. This will require the
removal of the breech plug.


46
     Encore Pro-Hunter Speed Breech Cont’d

Once the breech plug       FIG.1 Speed Breech Plug
has been removed, point
the muzzle up. Gravity      Barrel
should then cause the                                Extractor
Pyrodex pellets to drop
out, or the loose powder
to pour out. The sabot or
bullet can then be                            Cut-a-Way View
pushed out with your      Extractor          of T/C Pro Hunter
ramrod - inserting the    Retainer
                                             “Speed Breech”
ramrod from the muzzle.
It will be necessary to
                                                        FIG.2
add the extended super                    er
jag (which came with                  tain
your rifle) to your ram-           Re se
rod, or you may use the      iding elea
longer “range rod” to      Sl R
push the projectile out -                        Use T/C
if you have access to                          Breech Plug
such a rod.                                  Wrench #7521
                                                    (provided)

To release the breech                                        FIG.3
plug from the wrench for    Tip Barrel
cleaning, push forward        Open
on the sliding button to
raise the clip out of the
groove in the breech
                             Extractor
plug (see FIG.8).


Proceed to clean the
breech plug, the barrel
itself and the internal
threads in the barrel’s
breech area as needed.      Rotate Extractor                 FIG.4
                            900 After
                            pulling it
You can now re-install      rearward
the breech plug into the    slightly
barrel with the supplied
wrench - with the
extractor slot oriented to
the right and the align-
ment pin is oriented to
the left (as viewed from
the breech end of the
barrel) (see FIG.6).
Tighten the breech plug         To Gain Access to Breech Plug
into place by seating it
fully into the barrel and turning it clockwise just 1/4 turn - at
which point the extractor is aligned with the extractor slot in the
breech plug when the extractor is tipped back into the upright
position (see FIG.3).

                                                                 47
     Encore Pro-Hunter Speed Breech Cont’d


NOTE: If the breech plug is not
installed correctly, the extractor                                 FIG.5
                                     Use 1/2" Breech Plug Wrench
will not engage the extractor        & Turn it 1/4 turn
slot in the breech plug and the      counter-clockwise
barrel will not close on the         to remove
gun’s frame.




Push forward on the sliding
button on the wrench to raise
the clip out of the groove in the
breech plug - allowing you to     Alignment                     Diagram
remove the wrench from the        Pin To                        Showing
breech plug (see FIG.8).          Left                        Breech Plug
                                                              Rotated 900
                                                                Counter-
                                                               clockwise
                                     Extractor
                                       Slot
This breech plug has a               To Right
replaceable heat-resistant
O-Ring that seals the breech                                       FIG.6
area further against fouling
residue (see FIG.10).                                              FIG.7
This O-Ring can be easily
replaced if it should become
damaged. Use T/C Part
No.7531 replacement O-Rings
- available from your dealer -
or by contacting the factory.                          Withdraw breech
                                                      plug using wrench


                                          Sliding R                FIG.8
The gas rings (shown in                            etainer
FIG.10) are designed to be a
permanent assembly with the
breech plug. They should be
cleaned in place with a brush        Pushing
                                             R
and solvent (like T/C’s Number        Release etainer Forward
13 Black Powder Solvent).                     s Breech
                                                       Plug


                                     Alignment Pin Indicates
                                     if breech
                                     plug              Lock
                                     is
                                     locked
                                                               Alignment
                                       Unlock                      Pin


                                                                   FIG.9
48
      Encore Pro-Hunter Speed Breech Cont’d

IMPORTANT: When re-
installing the breech plug after                                                         FIG.10
                                                           Alignment Pin
cleaning your muzzleloader,
you should lubricate the entire                        Gas Rings
surface area of the threads on
the breech plug with a good
anti-seize lubricant (like
Thompson/Center’s Super
Lube) as well as the threads          PATENT PENDING

inside the breech area of the                                           Heat-Resistant
                                                                        Replaceable O-Ring
barrel itself. Failure to lubricate                                     T/C Part #7531
the threads in both places may
lead to difficulty in removing the
breech plug after firing the gun                                                          FIG.11
(FIG.11).

                                                       T/C Part #7362




      WARNING: ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION.
      CLEANING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED
      AREAS, DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR HANDLING
AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS MAY RESULT
IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN
TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM AND
OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. WASH HANDS THOR-
OUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE.




                                                                                              49
 ENCORE® SWING HAM-
   MER APPENDIX
   Use & Care of the Thompson/Center Encore
           “Swing Hammer” System

• To make it easier to cock your Encore Pro-Hunter when a scope
is mounted, it comes with a pivoting spur hammer. The “Swing
Hammer” can be locked into a left, center or right position -
depending on your preference.

    BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO THE ENCORE,
    MAKE SURE THAT THE FIREARM YOU ARE WORK-
    ING WITH IS UNLOADED. AN ACCIDENTAL DIS-
CHARGE MAY RESULT IN INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

                            Locking Screw

                                                                   PATENT PENDING




     Use Provided Wrench




• The Encore “Swing Hammer” uses one self-locking screw to hold
the spur in the position that you choose. A wrench is provided from
the factory.

• If you want to change the position of the hammer spur - and the
scope bell interferes - it may be necessary to tip the barrel open
to gain access to the locking screw.

• Loosen the locking screw by turning it counter-clockwise (as
viewed from above) until the screw either comes out completely or
it is loose enough to allow easy movement of the hammer spur.
After repositioning the hammer spur, tighten the locking screw
securely.

 The Three Positions That The “Swing Hammer” Can Be Locked Into

  Spur Left                   Spur Center             Spur Right




50
            Encore Swing Hammer Cont’d

NOTE: The “Swing Hammer” will not tighten down correctly in any
position other than those shown.

• For those T/C Encores not equipped with this option, it is avail-
able as a factory-installed accessory. Contact us for details. Once
installed - the shooter can alter the position of the hammer as
directed here.




                                                              51
   ENCORE® ENDEAVOR
   SPEED BREECH XT
      APPENDIX
This appendix is a supplement to the information provided in the
preceeding Thompson/Center Encore Muzzleloader Safety and
Instruction Manual. The appendix applies to the specific differ-
ences in operation for the Speed Breech XT™ that the Encore
Endeavor employs (Figure 1e).


   Use & Care of the Thompson/Center Encore
         Endeavor “Speed Breech XT”

         Barrel
           Barrel
                             The breech plug is stamped “UP”
           Alignment
         Alignment
           Mark
                               indicating the orientation when
         Mark
                                                   installing it.




                                                          Breech Plug
                                                       Breech Plug
                                                          Alignment
                                                       Alignment
 FIGURE 1e                                                Mark
                                                       Mark

The Encore Endeavor Muzzleloader barrel is equipped with a
“Speed Breech XT” breech plug system and a rotating extractor
for convenience in unloading and cleaning. The Encore
Endeavor differs from the other T/C Encore muzzleloaders in the
aspects detailed here:

The Encore Endeavor “Speed Breech XT” breech plug uses an
interrupted “Buttress” thread design that requires only 1/4 turn to
remove it or to install it.

     NEVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE BREECH PLUG
     FROM YOUR ENCORE MUZZLELOADER UNTIL YOU
     ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE FIREARM IS
DE-CAPPED (PRIMER IS REMOVED FROM THE BREECH
PLUG). AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE CAN CAUSE INJURY
AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.




52
     ENCORE ENDEAVOR APPENDIX CONT’D

REMOVING THE “SPEED BREECH
                                                      FIGURE 2e
XT” - BREECH PLUG

• First, open the action, remove any
primer from the breech plug.

• To remove the breech plug from the
Encore Endeavor muzzleloader barrel -
first, draw the extractor fully rearward
and rotate it 90 degrees as shown to
allow clearance (Figs 2e through 4e).            Pull Extractor
                                                Fully Rearward
• Remove the breech plug by turning it
1/4 turn counter-clockwise (as viewed      FIGURE 3e
from the breech end of the barrel) by
hand or with the wrench supplied
(Figures 5e & 6e) and then withdrawing
it from the barrel. If the breech plug
doesn’t come out readily using your fin-
gers, a tap from the ramrod inserted
down the barrel from the muzzle should
do the trick.
                                               Pull Extractor
                                              Fully Rearward
REMOVING A CHARGE FROM THE
ENCORE ENDEAVOR
MUZZLELOADER                               FIGURE 4e

Under normal conditions, an Encore
Endeavor muzzleloader is unloaded
simply by firing it into a suitable and
safe backstop. There are, however,
some conditions under which the
firearm cannot be fired and the charge
must be removed. This will require the
removal of the breech plug.                  Rotate Extractor
                                               900 to Right


                                                Turn 900
                                                (counterclockwise)
                                                To Unlock



                                                 Breech
                                                 Plug
                                                 Wrench




                     FIGURE 5e



                                                                  53
     ENCORE ENDEAVOR APPENDIX CONT’D




                   Breech Plug
              Alignment Marks


         Pin on Breech Plug Contacts
         Barrel Lug when it is in the
         Unlocked Position


   FIGURE 6e

Once the breech plug has been removed, point the muzzle up.
Gravity should then cause the black powder or pellets to drop
out. The sabot or bullet can then be pushed out with your ramrod
- inserting the ramrod from the muzzle. It will be necessary to add
the extended super jag (which came with your rifle) to your ram-
rod, or you may use the longer “range rod” to push the projectile
out - if you have access to such a rod.

Proceed to clean the breech plug, the barrel itself and the internal
threads in the barrel’s breech area as needed.

       Grasp The Breech Plug and Withdraw it From the Barrel




   FIGURE 7e


     WARNING: ALWAYS HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION.
     CLEANING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED
     AREAS, DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR HANDLING
AMMUNITION AND LOADING COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN
EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN
TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM AND
OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. WASH HANDS THOR-
OUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE.

Re-install the breech plug into the barrel - with the “UP” marking
oriented in that manner (Figure 8e). Tighten the breech plug into
place by turning it clockwise just 1/4 turn. At this point the extrac-
tor is aligned with the extractor slot in the breech plug - when the
extractor is tipped back into the upright position (Figure 9e).

54
     ENCORE ENDEAVOR APPENDIX CONT’D

NOTE: If the breech plug is not installed correctly, the extractor
will not engage the extractor slot in the breech plug and the barrel
will not close on the gun’s frame.

  Barrel Barrel               The breech plug is stamped “UP”
         Alignment
  Alignment                     indicating the orientation when
         Mark
  Mark                                              installing it.




                                                  Breech Breech Plug
                                                         Plug
                                                         Alignment
   FIGURE 8e                                    Alignment Mark
                                                         Mark



    Extractor Fully Forward - After
   Breech Plug Has Been Locked In




   FIGURE 9e

The breech plug
has a replaceable       ENDEAVOR BREECH PLUG,
heat-resistant O-       SPEED BREECH XT™
Ring that seals the
breech area further                            FIGURE 10e
against fouling
residue (Figure
10e). This O-Ring
can be easily                                 GAS SEAL
replaced if it should   RUBBER “O”-RING       RINGS (QTY 3)
become damaged.
Use T/C Part No.7531 replacement O-Rings - available from your
dealer - or from the Thompson/Center factory.

The gas seal rings (Figure 10e) are designed to be a permanent
assembly with the breech plug. They should be cleaned in place
with a brush and solvent (T/C’s No.13 Black Powder Solvent
works well for this).

IMPORTANT: When re-installing the breech plug after cleaning
your muzzleloader, you should lubricate the entire surface area of
the threads on the breech plug with a good anti-seize lubricant
(like T/C’s Super Lube
shown here) as well as                             FIGURE 11e
the threads inside the
breech area of the bar-
rel itself. Failure to
lubricate the threads in
both places may lead to T/C Part #7362
difficulty in removing
the breech plug after firing the gun.                                55
    LOAD COMPONENTS
      WARNING: NEVER USE LOADING COMPONENTS NOT
      SPECIFICALLY REFERENCED IN THIS MANUAL. FAIL-
      URE TO FOLLOW THIS RULE MAY CAUSE EXCESSIVE
PRESSURE WHICH CAN DAMAGE OR EVEN RUPTURE YOUR
FIREARM, CAUSING PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH OR PROPER-
TY DAMAGE.

•   USE ONLY BLACK POWDER OR AN APPROVED BLACK
    POWDER SUBSTITUTE SUCH AS PYRODEX® TO LOAD
    YOUR MUZZLELOADING FIREARM. Never use even small
    amounts of smokeless powder, even if it is black in color. The
    use of any other propellant may cause injury or death to the
    shooter or bystanders and damage to property.

•   YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR USING THE CORRECT
    COMBINATION OF LOAD COMPONENTS IN YOUR
    ENCORE MUZZLELOADER as detailed in this manual.

NOTE: Different combinations of bullet weight and powder charge
can have a major effect on felt recoil. Heavier bullets and heavier
powder charges will result in more recoil.

        WARNING: DEATH, SERIOUS INJURY AND DAMAGE
        CAN RESULT FROM THE USE OF INCORRECT LOAD
        COMPONENTS.




    SUGGESTED LOADS FOR
      THE T/C ENCORE®
       MUZZLELOADER
The following charts show recommended charges using Black
Powder or a Pyrodex equivalent as the propellant for
Thompson/Center Encore muzzleloading rifles and pistols.
Charges are listed by caliber, powder charge and type of projectile.

Note that in each instance a series of charges are listed. More
than one charge is shown in each category to clearly illustrate
the appropriate powder charge range for that particular caliber,
gun model and projectile.

      WARNING: MAXIMUM LOADS ARE NOT TO BE
      EXCEEDED NOR IS A SUBSTITUTION OF POWDER
      OR GRANULATIONS TO BE ATTEMPTED! ONLY USE
LOADS THAT ARE LISTED FOR YOUR PARTICULAR CAL-
IBER, MODEL AND BULLET STYLE. FAILURE TO FOLLOW
THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN INJURY AND/OR
DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE
TO PROPERTY.


56
                   SUGGESTED LOADS CONT’D

The shooter is instructed to start with the lightest charge listed.
As you become familiar with the firearm, increase your charges
gradually until you reach your best performing load (most accu-
rate). Thompson/Center Arms is not responsible for loading infor-
mation printed in sources other than this booklet.

NOTE: All loading data contained in this book is the result of testing
by Thompson/Center Arms. Testing was done under carefully con-
trolled conditions with the components specified in the text.

Since Thompson/Center has no control over the components or
equipment which may be used with this information, no responsi-
bility is implied or assumed for the results obtained.

     WARNING: THE LOADING DATA FOUND IN THIS
     MANUAL WAS COMPILED USING BLACK POWDER
     OR PYRODEX® AS A PROPELLANT. WITH ANY
OTHER APPROVED BLACK POWDER SUBSTITUTE FOL-
LOW THE INSTRUCTIONS SUPPLIED BY THE MANUFAC-
TURER AND HEED ALL WARNINGS AS THEY APPLY TO
LOADING AND USAGE OF THAT PRODUCT.




   Assembly & Loading
   T/C Mag Express™ &
   Shock Wave™ Sabots
T/C Sabots come in several variations for .50 caliber muzzleload-
ing applications; some accept 44 caliber (.429˝ - .430˝ diameter)
bullets and others accept 45 caliber (.451˝ - .452˝ diameter) bul-
lets. In either case, insert the correct diameter projectile into the
sabot and press firmly, making sure the bullet is fully seated.




    Bullet
     of the                                The Assembled
    Correct
   Diameter
                                           Sabot Must Be
                Seat Fully
                                           Seated Firmly
  Mag Express
    Sabot                                  On The Powder
                         Assembled Sabot
                                           Charge.




                                                                 57
 MAG EXPRESS & SHOCKWAVE SABOTS CONT’D

      WARNING: WHEN LOADING T/C’S MAG EXPRESS
      SABOTS, MAKE SURE THAT YOUR GUN IS UNPRIMED,
      AND THAT YOUR SABOT HAS BEEN PROPERLY AS-
SEMBLED. FAILURE TO ASSEMBLE AND LOAD YOUR SABOT
CORRECTLY COULD RESULT IN THE BULLET DISENGAGING
FROM THE SABOT. THIS COULD RESULT IN AN AIR SPACE
BETWEEN THE COMPONENTS. UNDER SUCH A CONDITION,
ONE OR MORE OF THE COMPONENTS MAY ACT AS A BAR-
REL OBSTRUCTION AND FIRING COULD RESULT IN INJURY
AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

To properly assemble your T/C Mag Express Sabot, insert the pro-
jectile into the sabot and press firmly, making sure the bullet is fully
seated (Figure 13). Use only bullets of the correct diameter.

      WARNING: USE ONLY PROJECTILES OF THE COR-
      RECT DIAMETER THAT WERE DESIGNED FOR THE
      SABOTS YOU ARE USING. USING BULLETS OF
LESSER DIAMETER MAY CAUSE THE BULLET TO SEPA-
RATE FROM THE SABOT RESULTING IN A BARREL
OBSTRUCTION. USING BULLETS OF LARGER DIAMETER
COULD RESULT IN DIFFICULT LOADING, OR A CONDITION
WHERE THE SABOT IS NOT SEATED ALL THE WAY DOWN
ON THE POWDER CHARGE, RESULTING IN A BARREL
OBSTRUCTION. EITHER CASE CAN RESULT IN A DAMAGED
FIREARM AND POSSIBLE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE
SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

     WARNING: THE LOAD DATA PROVIDED HERE IS FOR
     USE IN RIFLES OF THOMPSON/CENTER MANUFAC-
     TURE ONLY. FOR LOAD DATA FOR OTHER BRANDS
REFER TO THEIR LOADING DATA.




58
        RIFLE SECTION
         T/C Mag Express™
           Sabot Loads



For Use With .50 Caliber
T/C Encore Muzzleloader Only                  .50 Caliber Rifle
Using Bullet Weights Listed                   Using Pyrodex Pellets &
Use #209 Primer                              Mag Express™ Sabot Loads

                        Powder Charge
For Use With Bullets                      Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
                         50 CAL/50 GR
 Weighing (Grains)                       (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)
                       PYRODEX PELLETS
                          2 Pellets       1937 F.P.S.        1500 Ft. Lbs.
 180 Gr. Bullet
                          3 Pellets       2303 F.P.S.        2120 Ft. Lbs.
                          2 Pellets       1889 F.P.S.        1902 Ft. Lbs.
 240 Gr. Bullet
                          3 Pellets       2249 F.P.S.        2696 Ft. Lbs.
                          2 Pellets       1863 F.P.S.        1927 Ft. Lbs.
 250 Gr. Bullet
                          3 Pellets       2197 F.P.S.        2680 Ft. Lbs.
                          2 Pellets       1729 F.P.S.        1992 Ft. Lbs.
 300 Gr. Bullet
                          3 Pellets       2036 F.P.S.        2762 Ft. Lbs.
                          2 Pellets       1624 F.P.S.        1903 Ft. Lbs.
 325 Gr. Bullet
                          3 Pellets       1938 F.P.S.        2711 Ft. Lbs.
                          2 Pellets       1512 F.P.S.        2031 Ft. Lbs.
 400 Gr. Bullet
                          3 Pellets       1806 F.P.S.        2897 Ft. Lbs.
                       Load Shown in Red is Maximum




                                                                        59
For Use With .50 Caliber                       .50 Caliber Rifle
T/C Encore Muzzleloader Only
Using Bullet Weights Listed                  Using Black Powder &
Use #209 Primer                            Mag Express™ Sabot Loads
For Use With Bullets    Black Powder      Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
 Weighing (Grains)     Charge (Grains)   (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)

                       80 grs. FFG        1609 F.P.S.        1035 Ft. Lbs.
                       90 grs. FFG        1685 F.P.S.        1135 Ft. Lbs.
   180 Grain           100 grs. FFG       1737 F.P.S.        1206 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet
                       110 grs. FFG       1766 F.P.S.        1247 Ft. Lbs.
   Like The            120 grs. FFG       1852 F.P.S.        1371 Ft. Lbs.
Thompson/Center
    XTP™               130 grs. FFG       1907 F.P.S.        1454 Ft. Lbs.
                       140 grs. FFG       2004 F.P.S.        1606 Ft. Lbs.
                       150 grs. FFG       2043 F.P.S.        1669 Ft. Lbs.
                       80 grs. FFG        1511 F.P.S.        1217 Ft. Lbs.
                       90 grs. FFG        1629 F.P.S.        1414 Ft. Lbs.
   240 Grain           100 grs. FFG       1672 F.P.S.        1490 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet
                       110 grs. FFG       1710 F.P.S.        1559 Ft. Lbs.
   Like The            120 grs. FFG       1761 F.P.S.        1653 Ft. Lbs.
Thompson/Center
    XTP™               130 grs. FFG       1794 F.P.S.        1716 Ft. Lbs.
                       140 grs. FFG       1846 F.P.S.        1816 Ft. Lbs.
                       150 grs. FFG       1879 F.P.S.        1882 Ft. Lbs.
                       80 grs. FFG        1472 F.P.S.        1203 Ft. Lbs.
                       90 grs. FFG        1601 F.P.S.        1423 Ft. Lbs.
                       100 grs. FFG       1642 F.P.S.        1497 Ft. Lbs.
   250 Grain
     Bullet            110 grs. FFG       1696 F.P.S.        1597 Ft. Lbs.
   Like The
Thompson/Center        120 grs. FFG       1724 F.P.S.        1650 Ft. Lbs.
     PTX™              130 grs. FFG       1775 F.P.S.        1749 Ft. Lbs.
                       140 grs. FFG       1828 F.P.S.        1855 Ft. Lbs.
                       150 grs. FFG       1853 F.P.S.        1907 Ft. Lbs.
                       80 grs. FFG        1452 F.P.S.        1405 Ft. Lbs.
                       90 grs. FFG        1535 F.P.S.        1570 Ft. Lbs.
                       100 grs. FFG       1601 F.P.S.        1708 Ft. Lbs.
   300 Grain
     Bullet            110 grs. FFG       1646 F.P.S.        1805 Ft. Lbs.
   Like The
Thompson/Center        120 grs. FFG       1667 F.P.S.        1852 Ft. Lbs.
     XTP™              130 grs. FFG       1693 F.P.S.        1910 Ft. Lbs.
                       140 grs. FFG       1714 F.P.S.        1957 Ft. Lbs.
                       150 grs. FFG       1758 F.P.S.        2015 Ft. Lbs.
Load Shown in Red is Maximum - Heavier Bullets continued next page...

60
      T/C Mag Express™ Sabot Loads Cont’d.

... continued from previous page.
For Use With .50 Caliber
T/C Encore Muzzleloader Only               .50 Caliber Rifle
Using Bullet & Sabot Listed Below          Using Black Powder &
Use #209 Primer                           Mag Express™ Sabot Loads

    For Use          Black Powder      Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
  With Bullets
Weighing (Grains)   Charge (Grains)   (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)

                     100 grs. FFG       1451 F.P.S.       1520 Ft. Lbs.
   325 Grain         120 grs. FFG       1555 F.P.S.       1745 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet
                     150 grs. FFG       1710 F.P.S.       2110 Ft. Lbs.
                     100 grs. FFG       1390 F.P.S.       1679 Ft. Lbs.
   400 Grain         120 grs. FFG       1469 F.P.S.       1917 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet
                     150 grs. FFG       1587 F.P.S.       2238 Ft. Lbs.
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum




                                                                     61
       T/C SHOCKWAVE
        SABOT LOADS
For Use With .50 Caliber                   .50 Caliber Rifle
T/C Encore Muzzleloader Only          Using 50 Gr. Equivalent Pyrodex Pellets &
Using Bullet & Sabot Listed Below             Shock Wave Bullets with
Use #209 Primer                                T/C Super Glide Sabots
    For Use          Powder Charge     Muzzle Velocity       Muzzle Energy
  With Bullets        50 CAL/50 GR
Weighing (Grains)   PYRODEX PELLETS   (Feet Per Second)      (Foot Pounds)

  250 Gr. Bullet
T/C Shock Wave™
                      2 Pellets        1863 F.P.S.          1927 Ft. Lbs.
      in the
T/C Super Glide™      3 Pellets        2197 F.P.S.          2680 Ft. Lbs.
      Sabot
  300 Gr. Bullet
T/C Shock Wave™
                      2 Pellets        1729 F.P.S.          1992 Ft. Lbs.
      in the
T/C Super Glide™      3 Pellets        2036 F.P.S.          2762 Ft. Lbs.
      Sabot
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum




For Use With .50 Caliber                   .50 Caliber Rifle
T/C Encore Muzzleloader Only                  Using Black Powder &
Using Bullet & Sabot Listed Below           Shock Wave™ Bullets with
Use #209 Primer                              T/C Super Glide™ Sabots

    For Use          Black Powder      Muzzle Velocity       Muzzle Energy
  With Bullets
Weighing (Grains)   Charge (Grains)   (Feet Per Second)      (Foot Pounds)

                     80 grs. FFG        1472 F.P.S.          1203 Ft. Lbs.
                     90 grs. FFG        1601 F.P.S.          1423 Ft. Lbs.
 250 Gr. Bullet
  T/C Shock          100 grs. FFG       1642 F.P.S.          1497 Ft. Lbs.
    Wave™            110 grs. FFG       1696 F.P.S.          1597 Ft. Lbs.
     in the
   T/C Super         120 grs. FFG       1724 F.P.S.          1650 Ft. Lbs.
    Glide™           130 grs. FFG       1775 F.P.S.          1749 Ft. Lbs.
     Sabot
                     140 grs. FFG       1828 F.P.S.          1855 Ft. Lbs.
                     150 grs. FFG       1853 F.P.S.          1907 Ft. Lbs.
                     80 grs. FFG        1452 F.P.S.          1405 Ft. Lbs.
                     90 grs. FFG        1535 F.P.S.          1570 Ft. Lbs.
 300 Gr. Bullet
  T/C Shock          100 grs. FFG       1601 F.P.S.          1708 Ft. Lbs.
    Wave™            110 grs. FFG       1646 F.P.S.          1805 Ft. Lbs.
     in the
   T/C Super         120 grs. FFG       1667 F.P.S.          1852 Ft. Lbs.
    Glide™           130 grs. FFG       1693 F.P.S.          1910 Ft. Lbs.
     Sabot
                     140 grs. FFG       1714 F.P.S.          1957 Ft. Lbs.
                     150 grs. FFG       1758 F.P.S.          2015 Ft. Lbs.
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum

62
     ASSEMBLY &
  LOADING OF BREAK-
    O-WAY™ SABOTS
      WARNING: WHEN LOADING T/C’S BREAK-O-WAY
      SABOTS, MAKE SURE THAT YOUR GUN IS
      UNPRIMED, AND THAT YOUR BREAK-O-WAY SABOT
HAS BEEN PROPERLY ASSEMBLED. FAILURE TO ASSEM-
BLE AND LOAD YOUR SABOT CORRECTLY COULD RESULT
IN THE BULLET, SABOT HALVES, OR WOVEN WOOL DOUGH-
NUT SEPARATING AND DISENGAGING FROM THEMSELVES.
THIS COULD RESULT IN AN AIR SPACE BETWEEN THE
LOAD COMPONENTS. UNDER SUCH A CONDITION, ONE OR
MORE OF THE COMPONENTS MAY ACT AS A BARREL OB-
STRUCTION AND FIRING CAN RESULT IN A DAMAGED FIRE-
ARM AND POSSIBLE INJURY OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER
OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

To assemble your T/C Break-O-Way Sabot, position two sabot
halves together forming a complete sabot cup. Press the woven
wool “doughnut” firmly on the base, allowing the flange to protrude
through the hole (Fig 14). The sabot is now ready to accept a .429"-
.430" diameter .44 cal bullet. Use only bullets of these dimensions.

 FIG. 14

                     .429" to .430"
                         Bullet          The
                                         Assembled
                                         Sabot Must
  Sabot                                  Be Seated
  Halves
                                         Firmly On
  Woven Wool               Assembled     The Powder
  "Doughnut"                 Sabot       Charge.

     WARNING: USE ONLY BULLETS MEASURING .429" -
     .430" DESIGNED FOR USE IN .44 CALIBER PISTOLS
     OR RIFLES. USING BULLETS OF LESSER DIAMETER
MAY CAUSE THE BULLET TO SEPARATE FROM THE
SABOT RESULTING IN A BARREL OBSTRUCTION. USING
BULLETS OF LARGER DIAMETER COULD RESULT IN DIF-
FICULT LOADING, OR A CONDITION WHERE THE SABOT IS
NOT SEATED ALL THE WAY DOWN IN THE POWDER
CHARGE, RESULTING IN A BARREL OBSTRUCTION.
EITHER CASE CAN RESULT IN A DAMAGED FIREARM AND
POSSIBLE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR
BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

     WARNING: THE LOAD DATA PROVIDED HERE IS
     FOR USE IN RIFLES OF THOMPSON/CENTER MANU-
     FACTURE ONLY. FOR LOAD DATA FOR OTHER
BRANDS REFER TO THERE LOADING DATA.

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     T/C Break-O-Way™ Sabot Loads Cont’d.

For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle            .50 Caliber Rifle
Using a Bullet as Listed Below          Using Pyrodex Pellets &
Use a #209 Primer.                    Break-O-Way™ Sabot Loads

  For Use With     Powder Charge
                                   Muzzle Velocity      Muzzle Energy
     Bullets        50 CAL/50 GR
Weighing (Grains) PYRODEX PELLETS (Feet Per Second)     (Foot Pounds)

 240 Gr. XTP™        2 Pellets        1762 F.P.S.       1655 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet
                  Load Shown in Red is Maximum




For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle            .50 Caliber Rifle
Using a Bullet as Listed Below           Using Black Powder &
Use a #209 Primer.                    Break-O-Way™ Sabot Loads

  For Use With
                   Black Powder      Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
     Bullets      Charge (Grains)   (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)
Weighing (Grains)
                    80 grs. FFG        1474 F.P.S.      1158 Ft. Lbs.
   240 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1623 F.P.S.      1404 Ft. Lbs.
  XTP™ Bullet
                    100 grs. FFG       1652 F.P.S.      1455 Ft. Lbs.
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum




64
  Loading T/C Maxi-
 Ball™ & Maxi-Hunter™
 Conical Lead Bullets
For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle                .50 Caliber Rifle
Bullets Lubricated with Natural Lube       Using Pyrodex® Pellets &
1000 Plus Bore Butter.                    Maxi-Balls or Maxi-Hunters
Use a #209 Primer.

  For Use With     Powder Charge
                                   Muzzle Velocity         Muzzle Energy
 .50 cal Bullets    50 CAL/50 GR
Weighing (Grains) PYRODEX PELLETS (Feet Per Second)        (Foot Pounds)

     275 Gr.           2 Pellets         1718 F.P.S.       2098 Ft. Lbs.
 Maxi-Hunter &
320 Gr. Maxi-Ball      3 Pellets         2026 F.P.S.       2917 Ft. Lbs.
     350 Gr.           2 Pellets         1656 F.P.S.       2253 Ft. Lbs.
 Maxi-Hunter &
370 Gr. Maxi-Ball      3 Pellets         1891 F.P.S.       2939 Ft. Lbs.
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum

For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle               .50 Caliber Rifle
Bullets Lubricated with                     Using Black Powder &
Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter.     Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter Loads
Use a #209 Primer.

  For Use With
                   Black Powder         Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
 .50 cal Bullets  Charge (Grains)      (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)
Weighing (Grains)
                     80 grs. FFG         1408 F.P.S.       1409 Ft. Lbs.
                     90 grs. FFG         1462 F.P.S.       1519 Ft. Lbs.
   275 Grain
                     100 grs. FFG        1511 F.P.S.       1623 Ft. Lbs.
  Maxi-Hunter
      and            110 grs. FFG        1588 F.P.S.       1792 Ft. Lbs.
   320 Grain
   Maxi-Ball         120 grs. FFG        1632 F.P.S.       1893 Ft. Lbs.
     Lead            130 grs. FFG        1675 F.P.S.       1994 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet
                     140 grs. FFG        1697 F.P.S.       2020 Ft. Lbs.
                     150 grs. FFG        1742 F.P.S.       2157 Ft. Lbs.
                     80 grs. FFG         1344 F.P.S.       1484 Ft. Lbs.
                     90 grs. FFG         1426 F.P.S.       1671 Ft. Lbs.
   350 Grain
                     100 grs. FFG        1478 F.P.S.       1795 Ft. Lbs.
  Maxi-Hunter
      and            110 grs. FFG        1535 F.P.S.       1936 Ft. Lbs.
   370 Grain
   Maxi-Ball         120 grs. FFG        1556 F.P.S.       1990 Ft. Lbs.
     Lead            130 grs. FFG        1592 F.P.S.       2083 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet
                     140 grs. FFG        1623 F.P.S.       2165 Ft. Lbs.
                     150 grs. FFG        1661 F.P.S.       2267 Ft. Lbs.
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum

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.45 Caliber Rifle Loads
For Use Only With .45 Caliber               .45 Caliber Rifle
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle                Using Black Powder &
Use a #209 Primer.                         T/C MAXI-BULLET Loads
  For Use With
                       Black Powder      Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
Bullets Weighing      Charge (Grains)   (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)
    (Grains)
                       80 grs. FFG         1541 F.P.S.      1345 Ft. Lbs.
                       90 grs. FFG         1608 F.P.S.      1464 Ft. Lbs.
    240 Gr.            100 grs. FFG        1680 F.P.S.      1599 Ft. Lbs.
   Maxi-Ball
     and               110 grs. FFG        1745 F.P.S.      1725 Ft. Lbs.
    255 Gr.            120 grs. FFG        1789 F.P.S.      1813 Ft. Lbs.
  Maxi-Hunter
    Bullets            130 grs. FFG        1826 F.P.S.      1888 Ft. Lbs.
                       140 grs. FFG        1868 F.P.S.      1976 Ft. Lbs.
                       150 grs. FFG        1914 F.P.S.      2075 Ft. Lbs.
                       Load Shown in Red is Maximum




For Use Only With .45 Caliber                .45 Caliber Rifle
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle                Using Pyrodex Pellets &
Use a #209 Primer.                          T/C MAXI-BULLET Loads

         50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex® Pellet Loading Data

For Use With Bullets Powder Charge Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
                      .45 cal/50 gr.
 Weighing (Grains) Pyrodex® Pellets (Feet Per Second) (Foot Pounds)

 240 Gr. Maxi-Ball         2 Pellets       1878 F.P.S.      1998 Ft. Lbs.
        and
255 Gr. Maxi-Hunter        3 Pellets       2267 F.P.S.      2911 Ft. Lbs.
                      Load Shown in Red is Maximum


For Use Only With .45 Caliber               .45 Caliber Rifle
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle               Using Pyrodex Pellets &
Use a #209 Primer.                         Shockwave Sabot Loads

         50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex® Pellet Loading Data
  For Use With    Powder Charge    Muzzle Velocity          Muzzle Energy
Bullets Weighing   .45 cal/50 gr.
    (Grains)     Pyrodex® Pellets (Feet Per Second)         (Foot Pounds)

                        2 Pellets        2035 F.P.S.        1840 Ft. Lbs.
200 Gr. Bullet
                        3 Pellets        2398 F.P.S.        2554 Ft. Lbs.
                   Load Shown in Red is Maximum


66
.45 Caliber Rifle Loads
For Use Only With .45 Caliber            .45 Caliber Rifle
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle             Using Black Powder &
Use a #209 Primer.                     Mag Express™ Sabot Loads
  For Use With
                    Black Powder      Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
Bullets Weighing   Charge (Grains)   (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)
    (Grains)
                    80 grs. FFG         1883 F.P.S.       1220 Ft. Lbs.
                    90 grs. FFG         1945 F.P.S.       1302 Ft. Lbs.
                    100 grs. FFG        2053 F.P.S.       1451 Ft. Lbs.

   155 Grain        110 grs. FFG        2125 F.P.S.       1554 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet         120 grs. FFG        2176 F.P.S.       1630 Ft. Lbs.
                    130 grs. FFG        2223 F.P.S.       1701 Ft. Lbs.
                    140 grs. FFG        2281 F.P.S.       1791 Ft. Lbs.
                    150 grs. FFG        2326 F.P.S.       1862 Ft. Lbs.
                    80 grs. FFG         1711 F.P.S.       1170 Ft. Lbs.
                    90 grs. FFG         1786 F.P.S.       1275 Ft. Lbs.
                    100 grs. FFG        1843 F.P.S.       1358 Ft. Lbs.

   180 Grain        110 grs. FFG        1902 F.P.S.       1446 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet         120 grs. FFG        1948 F.P.S.       1541 Ft. Lbs.
                    130 grs. FFG        1999 F.P.S.       1598 Ft. Lbs.
                    140 grs. FFG        2084 F.P.S.       1736 Ft. Lbs.
                    150 grs. FFG        2131 F.P.S.       1815 Ft. Lbs.
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum




For Use Only With .45 Caliber            .45 Caliber Rifle
Thompson/Center Encore Rifle           Using Pyrodex Pellets &
Use a #209 Primer.                    Mag Express™ Sabot Loads

         50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex® Pellet Loading Data
  For Use With    Powder Charge    Muzzle Velocity       Muzzle Energy
Bullets Weighing   .45 cal/50 gr.
                 Pyrodex® Pellets (Feet Per Second)      (Foot Pounds)
    (Grains)
                     2 Pellets        1989 F.P.S.        1362 Ft. Lbs.
155 Gr. Bullet
                     3 Pellets        2657 F.P.S.        2430 Ft. Lbs.

                     2 Pellets        1896 F.P.S.        1437 Ft. Lbs.
180 Gr. Bullet
                     3 Pellets        2493 F.P.S.        2485 Ft. Lbs.
                   Load Shown in Red is Maximum

                                                                    67
    PISTOL SECTION
   Conical Lead Bullets

For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Pistol           .50 Caliber PISTOL
Bullets Lubricated with                    Using Black Powder &
Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter.    Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter Loads
Use a #209 Primer.

  For Use With
                   Black Powder        Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
 .50 cal Bullets  Charge (Grains)     (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)
Weighing (Grains)
    275 Gr.            80 grs. FFG       1235 F.P.S.      1084 Ft. Lbs.
  Maxi-Hunter
     and               90 grs. FFG       1269 F.P.S.      1145 Ft. Lbs.
    320 Gr.            100 grs. FFG      1336 F.P.S.      1269 Ft. Lbs.
   Maxi-Ball
  Lead Bullet          110 grs. FFG      1387 F.P.S.      1367 Ft. Lbs.
    350 Gr.            80 grs. FFG       1187 F.P.S.      1484 Ft. Lbs.
  Maxi-Hunter
     and               90 grs. FFG       1240 F.P.S.      1671 Ft. Lbs.
    370 Gr.            100 grs. FFG      1275 F.P.S.      1795 Ft. Lbs.
   Maxi-Ball
  Lead Bullet          110 grs. FFG      1303 F.P.S.      1936 Ft. Lbs.
    470 Gr.            80 grs. FFG       1080 F.P.S.      1192 Ft. Lbs.
  Maxi-Hunter
     and               90 grs. FFG       1130 F.P.S.      1305 Ft. Lbs.
    460 Gr.            100 grs. FFG      1160 F.P.S.      1375 Ft. Lbs.
   Maxi-Ball
  Lead Bullet          110 grs. FFG      1186 F.P.S.      1437 Ft. Lbs.
                       Load Shown in Red is Maximum

For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Pistol             .50 Caliber PISTOL
Bullets Lubricated with                   Using Pyrodex® Pellets &
Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter.      Maxi-Balls or Maxi-Hunters
Use a #209 Primer.

           50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex® Pellet Loading Data
  For Use With     Powder Charge    Muzzle Velocity       Muzzle Energy
 .50 cal Bullets    .50 cal/50 gr.
Weighing (Grains) Pyrodex® Pellets (Feet Per Second)      (Foot Pounds)

275 Gr. Maxi-Hunter     2 Pellets       1505 F.P.S.       1609 Ft. Lbs.
& 320 Gr. Maxi-Ball

350 Gr. Maxi-Hunter     2 Pellets       1473 F.P.S.       1783 Ft. Lbs.
& 370 Gr. Maxi-Ball

470 Gr. Maxi-Hunter     2 Pellets       1297 F.P.S.       1719 Ft. Lbs.
& 460 Gr. Maxi-Ball

                      Load Shown in Red is Maximum


68
  Break-O-Way Sabots
For Use Only With .50 Caliber         .50 Caliber PISTOL
Thompson/Center Encore Pistol
Using a .429˝-.430˝ Bullet               Using Black Powder &
Use a #209 Primer.                    Break-O-Way™ Sabot Loads

  For Use With
                   Black Powder      Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
     Bullets      Charge (Grains)   (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)
Weighing (Grains)
                    80 grs. FFG        1272 F.P.S.       719 Ft. Lbs.
   200 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1327 F.P.S.       782 Ft. Lbs.
  XTP™ Bullet
                    100 grs. FFG       1369 F.P.S.       833 Ft. Lbs.
                    80 grs. FFG        1229 F.P.S.       805 Ft. Lbs.
   240 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1296 F.P.S.       895 Ft. Lbs.
  XTP™ Bullet
                    100 grs. FFG       1350 F.P.S.       971 Ft. Lbs.
                    80 grs. FFG        1188 F.P.S.       862 Ft. Lbs.
   275 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1245 F.P.S.       947 Ft. Lbs.
  XTP™ Bullet
                    100 grs. FFG       1302 F.P.S.      1035 Ft. Lbs.
                    80 grs. FFG        1158 F.P.S.       893 Ft. Lbs.
   300 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1211 F.P.S.       977 Ft. Lbs.
  XTP™ Bullet
                    100 grs. FFG       1266 F.P.S.      1068 Ft. Lbs.
                    Load Shown in Red is Maximum



   Break-O-Way Sabots
For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Pistol
                                       .50 Caliber PISTOL
Using a .429˝-.430˝ Bullet              Using Pyrodex Pellets &
Use a #209 Primer.                    Break-O-Way™ Sabot Loads

         50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex® Pellet Loading Data
  For Use With     Powder Charge    Muzzle Velocity     Muzzle Energy
     Bullets        .50 cal/50 gr.
Weighing (Grains) Pyrodex® Pellets (Feet Per Second)    (Foot Pounds)

 200 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1627 F.P.S.       1176 Ft. Lbs.

 240 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1570 F.P.S.       1313 Ft. Lbs.

 275 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1502 F.P.S.       1377 Ft. Lbs.

 300 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1417 F.P.S.       1338 Ft. Lbs.
                   Load Shown in Red is Maximum



                                                                   69
    Mag Express Sabots
 For Use Only With .50 Caliber         .50 Caliber PISTOL
 Thompson/Center Encore Pistol
 Using a .429˝-.430˝ Bullet             Using Black Powder &
 Use a #209 Primer.                   Mag Express™ Sabot Loads
  For Use With                       Muzzle Velocity
Bullets Weighing    Black Powder       (Feet Per       Muzzle Energy
                   Charge (Grains)                     (Foot Pounds)
    (Grains)                            Second)
                    80 grs. FFG        1360 F.P.S.      829 Ft. Lbs.

   200 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1420 F.P.S.      896 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet         100 grs. FFG       1479 F.P.S.      972 Ft. Lbs.
                    110 grs. FFG       1530 F.P.S.     1039 Ft. Lbs.
                    80 grs. FFG        1306 F.P.S.      909 Ft. Lbs.

   240 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1379 F.P.S.     1014 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet         100 grs. FFG       1416 F.P.S.     1069 Ft. Lbs.
                    110 grs. FFG       1454 F.P.S.     1124 Ft. Lbs.
                    80 grs. FFG        1272 F.P.S.      988 Ft. Lbs.

   275 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1335 F.P.S.     1089 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet         100 grs. FFG       1391 F.P.S.     1182 Ft. Lbs.
                    110 grs. FFG       1447 F.P.S.     1270 Ft. Lbs.
                    80 grs. FFG        1268 F.P.S.     1071 Ft. Lbs.

   300 Grain        90 grs. FFG        1313 F.P.S.     1149 Ft. Lbs.
     Bullet         100 grs. FFG       1372 F.P.S.     1254 Ft. Lbs.
                    110 grs. FFG       1417 F.P.S.     1328 Ft. Lbs.
                     Load Shown in Red is Maximum


    Mag Express Sabots
For Use Only With .50 Caliber
Thompson/Center Encore Pistol
                                       .50 Caliber PISTOL
Using a .429˝-.430˝ Bullet             Using Pyrodex Pellets &
Use a #209 Primer.                    Mag Express™ Sabot Loads

          50 Grain Equivalent Pyrodex® Pellet Loading Data
  For Use With     Powder Charge    Muzzle Velocity    Muzzle Energy
     Bullets        .50 cal/50 gr.
Weighing (Grains) Pyrodex® Pellets (Feet Per Second)   (Foot Pounds)

 200 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1760 F.P.S.      1376 Ft. Lbs.

 240 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1659 F.P.S.      1467 Ft. Lbs.

 275 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1583 F.P.S.      1530 Ft. Lbs.

 300 Gr. Bullet      2 Pellets        1550 F.P.S.      1601 Ft. Lbs.
                   Load Shown in Red is Maximum



70
 FOR YOUR RECORDS
Important Note: For fire, theft and insurance purposes, retain this
record with your important papers in a safe place.

My Thompson/Center:__________________________________

Was Purchased From: __________________________________

On (date): ____________________ 20____________________

Serial Number: ______________________ Caliber: _________

Accessories: _________________________________________

___________________________________________________

Owner Registration Card Mailed on: ______________________

Notes: _____________________________________________

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This area is provided for your convenience. We suggest that
you make a list of important information that pertains to
your specific firearm (best performing load, etc.). Keep this
booklet with your firearm and review your notes before each
hunting season or whenever the firearm has not been used
for extended periods of time.

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               T/C Mailing Address:
               (for questions & comments)
           Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc.
                       PO Box 5002
             Rochester, New Hampshire 03866




              T/C Shipping Address:
               (for repairs or warranty work)
           Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc.
                 ATTN: Repair Department
                   400 North Main Street
             Rochester, New Hampshire 03867




                   Web Address:
                   www.tcarms.com


             Customer Service Phone:
                     603-330-5659




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